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DAYTON, Ohio - A male student was in critical condition Saturday after falling from the sixth floor of a dorm on the University of Dayton campus.

Police and university officials did not release the student's name.

Student Jared Bressman told Dayton Daily News he heard students screaming and a loud noise around 4:30 p.m. when the student fell from Marycrest Hall.

"All I heard was: ‘He jumped from the sixth floor. He jumped from the sixth floor and somehow he made it.' What ran through my mind was — not again," Bressman said.

Bressman was alluding to the death of 18-year-old UD freshman Larry Cook who died April 2 after falling from a sixth-floor dorm window of the Stuart Hall Complex residence.

Although Cook's death was ruled a suicide on April 9 by the Montgomery County Coroner's Office, Cook's family has contested the finding . Through their attorney, Christopher Chestnut, the family has suggested a cover-up by the university and Dayton police.

Cook's mother stood in front of the university's main entrance Tuesday pleading for answers about her son's death.

"Quite honestly, all I want is the truth," said Jennifer Rucker, Cook's mother. "My baby does not deserve the title you have associated with his name."

Montgomery County Coroner's Office Chief Investigator Michael Fox said there was no indication of foul play and that Cook died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head and body.

University officials' only comment was a written statement saying that Dayton police and the school's public safety officials are conducting a joint investigation.

"We ask for your prayers tonight for a first-year student who was critically injured following an apparent fall from a window in Marycrest residence hall at approximately 4:30 p.m. today," the press release said.

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