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Coroner releases Meckling toxicology report

| Thursday, July 2, 2015

William “Billy” Meckling, a senior who died during commencement weekend after falling from the roof of the Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center (JACC), had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.12 percent at the time his death, according to a report in the South Bend Tribune.

St. Joseph County deputy coroner Chuck Hurley, who released the results of Meckling’s toxicology report Thursday, said no other drugs were present in Meckling’s system, according to the Tribune report.

Meckling, 21, was a native of Centennial, Colorado, a chemical engineering major and a member of the fencing team. In May, the coroner’s office ruled Meckling’s death an accident.

At 3:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, two students requesting assistance approached a Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) officer. On the east side of the JACC, the officer found Meckling unresponsive. Despite attempts at CPR and emergency medical care, he never regained consciousness.

Friends and fencing teammates said Meckling was soft-spoken and caring. The day after his death, classmates spelled out “BILLY” using candles at the Grotto.

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