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UNM adding fencing at parking garage to prevent suicides

Danielle Todesco
August 16, 2017 10:08 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The University of New Mexico is about the make some changes to its Cornell parking garage to prevent suicides.

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The director of UNM's Parking and Transportation, Barbara Morck, said there were four attempted suicides from their parking structures in 2016. Morck said staff and students witnessed one of those cases when a woman actually jumped from the Cornell parking garage on campus. She survived but was badly injured.

It sparked them to evaluate the height of the fencing at the top of the garage.

"Our hope is that by making it a little bit more difficult, it will give people some pause.  I can only hope," Morck said.

The plan is to add 3 to 4 feet in height on the fencing all around the Cornell parking garage.  The project will cost around $58,000. It should be completed by the end of September.

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