Georgetown campus reeling after football player passes away

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WTVQ)- Heavy hearts aren’t hard to find in Georgetown this week after a sophomore football player tragically died after a fall.

Police say 18-year-old Colson Machlitt was trying to jump stairwells at the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity house over the weekend when he fell and hit his head. He was pronounced dead Monday afternoon.

Officers tell ABC 36 they believe alcohol is a factor but they and the university aren’t sure how, considering there was no party going on at the fraternity, which Machlitt was only visiting and wasn’t a member of.

Georgetown head football coach Bill Cronin says he hopes other students can take something from Machlitt’s death.

“I hope kids can learn something from this whole thing. Just running and bumping your head, you never think… Mom and Dad were coming down here. They thought they were just coming down for stitches,” he says.

Cronin also went on to talk about Machlitt as a player and person.

“Delightful young man, very hard worker. Good kid academically, did well in school. Had a great personality, everybody liked him.”

There’s a GoFundMe page set up to help Machlitt’s family pay for medical and funeral expenses. Find a link to that here.

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