Dallas TTU Student Dies in Fall from Parking Garage

By Frank Heinz
|  Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011  |  Updated 3:30 PM CDT
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Dallas TTU Student Dies in Fall from Parking Garage

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The death of a Texas Tech student from Dallas is under investigation in Lubbock.

Mason Vanstory's body was found at about 5:30 a.m. Sunday outside of a parking garage where he fell to his death, police said. Vanstory's car was at the scene and was listed on the offense report, but so was another vehicle, according to a report in the Daily Toreador, Texas Tech's student-run newspaper.

Lubbock police haven't revealed whether or not Vanstory's death was the result of a homicide or suicide and they would only say that his death is currently under investigation.  With that ruling up in the air, friends and family have been left with more questions than answers into the 19-year-old's death.

Vanstory's father Charles said he had last spoken with his son at 11 p.m. the night before his body was found. Both Charles and his wife Colleen, Mason's stepmother, were in Lubbock at the time for Tech's Family Weekend.

Friends of Vanstory, according to a report in LubbockOnline, said he had spent the day with his family and the evening tailgating for the Tech football game with friends. He was then dropped off at his apartment.

The mystery begins with what took place between 11 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. when Vanstory's body was found.

Vanstory's father had planned to touch base with his son late Sunday morning before he and his wife returned to North Texas.

“There are a lot of open-ended questions without answers,” Colleen Vanstory told the Daily Toreador. “Until we have conclusive evidence and the medical examiner is done with his work, we won’t know if it was an accident or a scuffle. The only thing they can say is that they are still investigating.”

Vanstory was a sophomore in the College of Mass Communications and an active member in his fraternity, Delta Tau Delta. The president of his fraternity refused to comment on whether or not Vanstory had been drinking or who might have been with him prior to his death, according to the student paper.

Friends have planned memorial services and vigils in Lubbock throughout the week. See a complete listing on this Facebook page.

Vanstory's funeral will be Saturday at noon at Sparkman-Hillcrest Funeral home in Dallas.

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