ITHACA, N.Y. — No foul play is suspected in the death of a Cornell University student who was found dead in the Fall Creek Gorge yesterday, officials say.

Avram Pinals, 21, a senior at Cornell, was found dead in the gorge around 1:30 p.m. Friday. A passerby on the Stewart Avenue bridge saw him in the gorge near the water and called police.

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First responders quickly determined that it was a recovery mission and spent the next several hours processing the scene.

According to Cornell University, Pinals was a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences who majored in biological sciences with a concentration in neurobiology and behavior.

In a statement from the university, officials said, “He was looking forward to attending medical school at the University of Michigan, where he had also worked as a research assistant at the U-M Medical Center. He had worked as a research trainee at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and spent a summer as a field laboratory technician at Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology. He minored in music and played trumpet in the Cornell University Wind Symphony.”

A community support meeting is happening at 5 p.m. today, May 26, in the Founders Room of Anabel Taylor Hall.

Featured photo: First responders bring requirement up from the Fall Creek Gorge during a recovery mission Friday afternoon. (Photo by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice)

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