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    The Hale Wainani dormitory is seen at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu on Monday.

University of Hawaii students on the Manoa campus Monday had mixed reactions to the death of a 24-year-old man who fell 14 stories early Sunday trying to prevent a 19-year-old man from jumping off a ledge at a campus dormitory.

“The guy who tried to save the other one was a pretty brave dude,” said a 19-year-old UH sophomore, who asked not to be named. “I got to give him a lot of credit because I don’t think many people would do that.”

As for the younger man, he said, “His life at that moment could have been horrific. Getting intoxicated could have pushed him over the edge.”

The Medical Examiner’s Office said Monday it may be days before the office releases any information, including the identity of the 24-year-old.

The 19-year-old man, who also fell, remained in critical condition Monday.

Police said the younger man was suicidal, and the older man was trying to talk him off the ledge.

UH spokesman Dan Meisenzahl said the two men who fell were not students. The student who lived at the dorm had people over, including the two men.

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