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UNC student who died in fall was highly intoxicated

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David Shannon, of Charlotte, had a blood alcohol content of .22 percent when he died in October 2012. David Shannon, of Charlotte, had a blood alcohol content of .22 percent when he died in October 2012.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -

Police haven't ruled out the possibility that hazing was involved in the death of a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who fell from a tower at a concrete plant.

The state Medical Examiner's Office released a toxicology report Monday, showing David Shannon of Charlotte had a blood alcohol content of .22 percent when he died in October 2012.

Autopsy results, also released Monday, showed he died of blunt trauma to the head, neck and torso.

Shannon had attended a party Oct. 26, 2012, in Chapel Hill and never showed up at a sorority dance he was supposed to attend after that. Friends who followed a GPS signal from his cellphone found his body the next evening at the Ready Mixed Concrete Plant in Carrboro. Police say he fell 40 feet when he tried to cross a cable stay after climbing a tower.

Police hope people with information about Shannon's death are ready to come forward.

"A wall of silence went up pretty quickly after this incident," Carrboro police Capt. Chris Atack said. "Whoever knows some information has had a year to think about it. Maybe their conscience is bothering them."

Shannon, 18, was a fraternity pledge. In an email to the Carrboro town manager last month, police Chief Walter Horton said investigators contacted "members of the fraternity and UNC community" several times.

Police were unable to corroborate what little information they got, Horton said.

"You also inquired what charges would be appropriate in this case if we got to that point," Horton wrote in the email. "Depending on what information is developed, we may be able to charge N.C. General Statute 14-35 Hazing which is a class 2 misdemeanor. Dependent on other developments, we may have additional charges if appropriate."

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