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Tempe PD: Teen at unofficial ASU frat party before fatal fall

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Tempe police say an 18-year-old Kansas woman was at an unofficial, all-you-can-drink frat party before she fell from the 10th floor of a Tempe high-rise building early Sunday.

Tempe Police Lt. Mike Pooley said detectives have learned that ASU student Naomi McClendon was at a frat party at 1416 S. Jen Tilly Lane on Saturday night. Pooley said the party was thrown by ASU students referring to themselves as Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity members. The frat has been sanctioned for past violations so they are not officially recognized by ASU at this time, according to Pooley.

[Related: ASU suspends Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity over hazing]

Partygoers were charged $30 at the door for unlimited alcohol. Individuals escorting three women into the party got in free, police said.

ASU said in a statement late Thursday afternoon that it is working in cooperation with Tempe police and "will hold any student associated with this incident accountable to the Student Code of Conduct."

Alpha Epsilon Pi International Fraternity issued the following statement:

"Alpha Epsilon Pi International Fraternity removed recognition from its Arizona State Chapter in December of 2013 due to repeated violations of our risk management policies. The chapter's charter was revoked and all chapter functions and operations were ordered to cease. The recent incident at Arizona State was not an authorized event and did not involve recognized active members of Alpha Epsilon Pi. 

"This group has no affiliation with Alpha Epsilon Pi and it had no authority to operate under the name of Alpha Epsilon Pi. Any mention of this event indicating that it was a party of "Alpha Epsilon Pi" is false and misleading. 

"Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity has been a leader in the interfraternal world in promoting risk management and appropriate behaviors among its members. Unfortunately, there are some young men who are simply unable to abide by our standards and, in this case, we were forced to close our chapter. 

"We feel terribly about this tragic event and our thoughts and prayers go to the family and friends of the victim. Tragedies like this simply should not happen to our young people at institutions of higher learning."

Later that evening, McClendon was seen in the residential building at 922 E. Apache Blvd. where she fell from the balcony. She was rushed to a hospital early Sunday where she later died from her injuries.

Pooley said officers have studied surveillance video that shows the teen entering the building with another woman and a man.

McClendon was stumbling and appeared intoxicated in the video, Pooley said. The pair went up the elevator and then the man and woman left her in the apartment, he said.

Pooley said the video shows McClendon putting her leg over the rail.

"Half of her body on the balcony and the other half dangling," Pooley said.

McClendon tried to catch herself, but it was too late, Pooley said.

"We are very confident there was no one else on the balcony with her," Pooley said.

[Click here to read McClendon's bio]

Police continue to investigate the incident.

"This is a stark reminder of the dangers of underage alcohol consumption," Pooley said.

The McClendon's parents, Judy and Nate McClendon, issued a message Thursday to the community:

"We want to share our sincerest gratitude for the outpouring of love for Naomi and of tremendous support for our family. Although the power of prayer is unmeasurable, it is mighty, and we know all of the prayers and thoughts are helping to sustain us.

"Although we grieve the loss of precious Naomi, the pure joy and love she inspired in us will remain foremost and constant. We take comfort in knowing that this most amazing person-whom we were privileged to have in our family as a gift for 18 years-lived her life fully and happily, with vibrancy and deep faith.

"We are leaning on the arms of our Heavenly Father, and we feel blessed by the incredible love and support we have received.

"During this difficult time, we ask for privacy as we grieve and additionally request media show restraint with airing footage from this past weekend. Our hope is that Naomi is remembered as she lived. Thank you."

Tempe police said they will have increased patrols this weekend near campus from Broadway to University and McClintock to Mill Avenue. Officers from ASU, Chandler, Gilbert and Mesa police departments as well as from DPS and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department will be assisting Tempe police focused on underage drinking and DUI enforcement.

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