Temple University Student Falls 8 Stories To Death While Taking Photos Out Dorm Window

A college freshman was killed Thursday around 6 p.m. after she leaned out of a window to take pictures and fell eight stories on a Philadelphia sidewalk, landing on a woman who was walking by, police said.

Rebecca Kim, 18, a Temple University student, slammed into a pedestrian, a 44-year-old woman, Erica Goodwin, walking along Chestnut Street, sending both to the concrete floor. According to the Daily News, Kim was visiting two male friends who attended the Art Institute of Philadelphia in the posh Rittenhouse Square section of Center City. They lived on the eighth floor.

According to investigators, Kim is believed to have climbed out on a window ledge to take photos, in doing so, she tumbled and fell.

Due to the tragic fall, she [Kim] suffered severe head trauma and was taken to Jefferson hospital but died shortly after, while the woman who lost several teeth, was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital with multiple spine and rib fractures. However, she is expected to survive, according to authorities.

Authorities also believe the fall was accidental.

Below you can see the victim’s boots still laying on the sidewalk as authorities investigated the scene yesterday. Police planned to interview all witnesses, including the teen’s friends who were inside the room, Daily News reported.


Temple University released a statement offering condolences, saying that their “thoughts and prayers are with her (Kim’s) family and friends” and also adding that grief counselors would be present for grief-stricken students.

Kim graduated last June from Wissahickon High School in Ambler, Pennsylvania. She was also enrolled in the pre-pharmacy program at Temple.


– Sherley ( @sherleybee_)