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Binghamton University student dies in NY state park gorge

July 15, 2019

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — A 19-year-old student athlete at Binghamton University has died after being pulled from the water at Buttermilk Falls State Park.

State parks spokesman Dan Keefe says Calistus Anyichie (uh-NEE-chee) was in an area of the gorge off-limits to swimming when he was pulled from the water by friends Sunday afternoon. Friends attempted life-saving measures but Anyichie was later pronounced dead at Cayuga Medical Center.

A Binghamton University statement says Anyichie was entering sophomore year as a political science major and was on the basketball team. Originally from Nigeria, he was a scholar-athlete at St. Mary’s of the Assumption High School in Short Hills, New Jersey and was recognized as one of the state’s top scholar-athletes.

Anyichie played in 32 games as a Binghamton freshman, averaging 1.9 points and 2.1 rebounds.

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