MSU students react to JumboTron death

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WJTV) – A Mississippi State University student is dead after falling from the JumboTron at Davis Wade Stadium.

Several students say he wasn’t the first and won’t be the last to climb it.

As Mississippi State University graduates walked across the stage Saturday, many looked up at the JumboTron; where just hours earlier, authorities say Andrew Demboski accidentally fell about 20 feet to his death.

“I really couldn’t believe it when I first heard it, but at the same time, a lot of students have done that over the years,” said Rachel Romero, an MSU Nursing student.

Several students say even though they haven’t climbed it, many students say they want to cross this off of their bucket list before getting their diploma.

“It really hits close to home that someone in our community died because of something many of us do like all the time,” said Jason Belton, an MSU Business Administration student.

And why climb the JumboTron?

“It’s bragging rights to say, ‘Hey, I jumped on top of the JumboTron, climbed to the top and got on the field. Basically just bragging rights to say you did it,” said Belton.

Others say that students were busy in the hustle and bustle of wrapping up the school year and were surprised to hear the 21-year old died from a head injury.

“I think everyone is really caught up with finishing finals and on graduation and packing up and leaving town. So, for a lot of us, it’s something we didn’t know about. So, it’s just really shocking news,” said Jing Lio, an MSU Civil Engineering student.

But Romero says the MSU community sticks together and supports each other and an example of that was they took a moment of silence and prayed for Andrew at graduation.

“This university is a family and we all try to rally around each other when a student is killed tragically like that. The whole university kind of feels it and mourns that loss,” said Romero.

Andrew was from Ocean Springs and studying Environmental Economics and Management.

The MSU Police Department and the Oktibbeha County Coroner’s office are still investigating.


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