St. Thomas student dies in fall from Minneapolis apartment building

It's unclear what led to her falling.
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A first-year University of St. Thomas student died overnight in a fall from an apartment building in Minneapolis. 

Minneapolis Fire Department officials say the young woman fell from the 10th story of The Bridges Apartments at 10th Avenue and University Avenue SE, near the University of Minnesota campus.

The University of St. Thomas identified her as Joia Simpson, a native of Bayside, California, who was interested in studying business. 

"Her family most wants people to remember her beautiful smile," a release from the university says. 

She was at The Bridges as a guest, attending a Halloween party at the building's 10th floor suite, WCCO reports.

It's unclear how she came to fall from the suite.

It's the second tragedy to strike the University of St. Thomas in as many weeks.

Last month, sophomore Katie Mullen died after being found unresponsive in her bed. The cause of her death has not yet been confirmed.

"This has been a difficult few weeks for our campus community," the university said. "Counseling and Psychological Services and the Center for Campus Ministry are available for students, faculty and staff who desire additional grief support."

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