Elon University football player dies in fall at UNC

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An Elon University football player from Cornelius died Wednesday after falling from a 10-story residence hall at UNC-Chapel Hill, according to Elon Dean of Students. UNC Police have not ruled his death as a suicide.

Demitri Allison was a wide receiver for the Elon Phoenix football team and junior majoring in management.

Demitri had left Elon campus Tuesday and his teammates, friends and family asked police to look for him because they were concerned for his well-being and emotional state, according to officers.

“Everyone associated with Elon athletics is devastated,” said Athletics Director Dave Blank. “Demitri was a talented young man with a bright future who was loved by his teammates. We mourn his loss deeply and we pray for his family and loved ones.”

Those who knew Demitri may benefit from speaking with a staff member or counselor. Elon’s counseling staff and the chaplain’s staff are available as we begin the grieving process. Anyone who would like to talk about their feelings of loss or concern for others may contact Counseling Services at 278-7280 or the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life at 278-7729. Counselors are available after hours on call by contacting Campus Safety and Police at 278-5555. The Student Life administrator-on-call may also be reached at 278-5555 at any time.

There will be a "Gathering of Friends" Thursday to remember Demitri at 4:30 p.m. at Rhodes Stadium, according to the university.