UTA student from Austin dies of injuries from three-story fall

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A 17-year-old student at the University of Texas at Arlington, who graduated early from high school and was pursuing nursing studies, died Friday of injuries sustained Wednesday night in a three-story fall.

Ebony Warner of Austin died at 12:46 p.m. Friday at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.

Arlington police reported that Warner fell about 11 p.m. Wednesday from the third floor of an off-campus apartment building in the 1000 block of UTA Boulevard. She had been attending a party there, police said.

There was “no indication of foul play,” said Tiara Ellis Richard, an Arlington police spokeswoman.

“The investigation is ongoing,” Richard said Friday evening. “It is too early in the investigation to provide detail or determine whether the initial comments from witnesses have any connection to this young woman’s death.”

Warner’s organs and tissue will be donated “so that others can have a chance at life,” her family said in a statement.

“Her family is deeply saddened at the loss of their loved one,” according to the statement. “They are relying on their faith in Christ as they deal with their loss.”

Warner was in her first semester at UTA “and planned to pursue a career as a nurse anesthetist,” her family said.

She attended Round Rock High School where she participated in marching band and track. She graduated magna cum laude and a year early, her family said.

“The family is praying for a quick resolution to the investigation by the Arlington and UTA police into the circumstances that led to Ebony’s death,” the family said.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684

Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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