“To know him was to love him;” Fall from fourth-floor balcony in Indiana claims life of student from Champaign County

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WCIA) — Loved ones are mourning after a 20-year-old Indiana University student died in a fall from a fourth-floor balcony.

According to Bloomington police, officers responded to Urban Station Apartments around 5:42 a.m. on Friday for a report of a person who fell from a balcony. Police found a man on the sidewalk with serious injuries. He was taken to the hospital, where he later died. According to Morgan Memorial Home’s obituary for Schleinz, the IU junior donated his organs. Investigators are continuing to look into Schleinz’s death. They’re checking nearby surveillance cameras to see if there is any footage of the incident.

Schleinz was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity and a student at the Kelley School of Business.

His roommate, Jack Vecchio, started a GoFundMe to raise money for an IU scholarship in Schleinz’s name. As of Monday afternoon, it had already reached more than $100,000, with a goal of $120,000.

“We’re all blown away at the reach and support, like the tremendous support that this has been getting,” Vecchio said.

He’s working with IU’s Department of Student Affairs to make sure his friend’s passion for education, sports and giving back isn’t forgotten.

“He was just like the greatest kid,” Vecchio said. “So genuine. So sweet. He was always actually caring about you, and always going out of his way to make sure you are all right and just checking up on you.”

Schleinz was involved with IU Dance Marathon, Kids for CASA and the Drop the Puck on Cancer hockey event.

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“He just had such far reach throughout every world,” Vecchio said. “He was a part of the hockey community, the IU community, any other kind of community.”

Schleinz grew up in Champaign County.

“He was his parents’ life,” Sheriff Dustin Heuerman said.

Heuerman works with Schleinz’s mom, Teresa.

“Daily, she would be speaking about what he was doing, things like that,” the sheriff said.

Heuerman said Jacob will be missed at the department, and wants his parents, Jim and Teresa, to hear this message:

“We are there for them,” he said. “We are supporting them in any way we can. Thata’s what families do whenever something, you know, tragic like this happens. We rally together. We will provide any kind of resources that they need.”

Services for Schleinz will be held on Friday.

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