College student from N.J. falls to death from frat house roof

A 20-year-old New Jersey man died after he fell from the roof of his West Virginia University fraternity house.

Sean Guthrie slipped and fell 20 feet from the gabled roof of the Kappa Alpha fraternity early Sunday, according to a story on

Guthrie, a graduate of Toms River High School South, was trying to re-enter the house through a window after having stepped out to smoke a cigarette, according to the story.

The fraternity held a social function Saturday night, but a preliminary investigation indicated there was no reason to believe that Guthrie was intoxicated at the time of the accident, according to a story on TheDAonline in Morgantown, W.Va.

The industrial engineering major was vice president of community relations for the Interfraternity Council, according to the story.

"He was extremely bright and a person you wanted to be friends with," Ben Katz, a fraternity brother, told the news outlet. "He was a great guy with everything going for him. Terrible shame he was taken so soon."

A candlelight vigil for Guthrie will be held on the school's football field at 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover funeral expenses.