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Family, Friends Mourn UMass-Amherst Student Connor Cummings

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    Cummings died after falling from the rooftop of the Four Seasons in New York (Published Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016)

    At 20 years old, Connor Cummings was a passionate photographer. His Instagram account was filled with unique perspectives.

    Cummings found his calling, and his aunt says it may have led to his death.

    "He might have snuck up to take a photo but all the doors were open," said Kate Gentiel, Cummings' aunt.

    Cummings was a sophomore at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. While at home in New Jersey over Christmas break, he fell to his death in midtown Manhattan.

    "He's a young kid, he's a good kid," said Gentiel.

    Cummings and a friend somehow managed to get to an upper floor at the Four Seasons hotel, then climbed scaffolding to get to the roof of the 52-story building, according to investigators.

    Police say Cummings slipped and fell nine stories, crashing onto a lower rooftop.

    In a statement, his fraternity brothers at Alpha Sigma Phi said: "Brother Cummings had a fiery passion for photography and his love for this hobby was illustrated through his beautiful works of art... Our chapter will miss him greatly, but we know that he is watching over us all. Rest in Peace, Brother."

    Cummings' roommate says that reports out of New York calling Cummings a daredevil photographer are not accurate. The roommate says it would be out of character for Cummings to break rules to get a better photo. 

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