GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A Central Michigan University junior died after falling four stories at the downtown Grand Rapids venue The B.O.B.
Zachary C. Bunting, 21, from Grand Ledge slid off the front staircase railing just after 2 a.m. Sunday morning, police said.
Witnesses told officers at the scene that Bunting entered the stairwell, and sat on the railing to slide down when he lost his balance and fell. Police said he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The incident remains under investigation. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday morning.
Friend and CMU hockey teammate Tyler Billins said he and Bunting, along with three other friends, were in Grand Rapids for the Griffins game, after which they went to The B.O.B.
"He's just a great guy and one of my best friends. It's pretty tough, pretty tough to go about this," Billins said.
Friends said Bunting was majoring in political science and planned to become a lawyer.
His friends and teammates can't believe he is gone.
"It's terrible. I mean, it's really...it's just shocking. It hasn't set in," said friend Matt Cinader.
Bunting's friends described him as funny, smart and caring.
"He's just one of the best friends that anyone could ask for. The guy who would always want to go with you no matter where you went just to go with you and hang out with his friends," said Ricky Jones.
And, they said, he was a good listener.
"He would stay up late at night, whether it was about a relationship or a hockey game or anything, he would always stay up. Whatever you wanted to talk about," said Billins.
Family and fiends gathered at Bunting's off-campus home Sunday, trying to comfort one another and remember Zach as a son, brother, teammate and friend.
Funeral arrangements are still pending.
The B.O.B. owner Greg Gilmore released a statement Sunday afternoon that reads, "This is truly a tragedy and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim's family and friends."
Another man died from a similar fall at The B.O.B, in 2009.
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