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UNL student dies after falling from building

UNL student dies after falling from building

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Posted By: Camila Orti

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A UNL student has died after falling from the fifth floor of the building where he was staying in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic.

"I was like this isn't real, this isn't real, this isn't real, I kept thinking I was gonna wake up," mother Julie Klein said.

Julie and other family members last hugged 21-year-old Keaton Klein on July 5, seeing him off at the airport for his trip to Europe. They didn't think it'd be goodbye forever.

"I didn't believe it was true, I was just in shock," Keaton's brother Jaxson said.

UNL Spokesperson Steve Smith says Klein was with a group of about 15 UNL students traveling independently through Europe before heading to England. The students are part of the Nebraska at Oxford program. Smith says Klein fell from a fifth floor balcony to his death around 11:30 p.m. Sunday Lincoln time, 7:30 a.m. Monday in Prague.

"He was having the time of his life over there," Jaxson said.

Jaxson says Keaton had a zest for adventure, and had been looking forward to this trip for months.

"He was going to run with the actual bulls and I wasn't supposed to tell my parents," Jaxson said with a laugh.

Keaton did run with the bulls. Friends say it was hard to convince Keaton not to do something he'd set his mind to, that was just how he was.

"That is actually the only way to describe him," friend Isaiah Bockelman said. Bockelman has known Keaton since preschool.

"He lived his life and showed me that you can live a fun life and still be successful," Bockelman said.

Friends and family gathered at Keaton's parents home Tuesday to share happy memories.

"He's the one that would stand up in class, make a joke, it wouldn't make the teacher happy but it would make the class laugh," Bockelman said.

The investigation as to what exactly happened is ongoing. Friends told Channel 8 Klein was alone on the balcony when he fell, and that the others were asleep when it happened.

UNL is providing support to the students who were traveling with him by sending counselors to meet them in Oxford. Other arrangements are being made for students wishing to return early.

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