The San Diego Medical Examiner website said early Tuesday morning that the man who died after falling from a downtown parking structure did not commit suicide.
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According to the Medical Examiners website, the 42-year-old man was attempting to hang fliers from the outside of a multi-level parking structure at Civic Center Plaza when he fell to his death.
The Medical Examiners report contradicts the report filed by the San Diego Police department saying that the man committed suicide and was not a part of the Occupy San Diego protest.
A candlelight vigil was held for the man Monday evening near where members of the Occupy San Diego protest campaign have been staging an open-ended rally since last week.
The vigil replaced what was supposed to be an evening march through the streets of downtown San Diego.
"It isn't just a nameless face," said Rick Halsey, who attended the vigil. "It's somebody that meant something to somebody and means something to all of us."
The fatal fall at the municipal courtyard next to City Hall occurred about 3:15 p.m., according to police.
Medics pronounced the victim dead at the scene. His name was withheld pending notification of his family.
North Park resident Susan Smith, 64, an attendee at the demonstration against perceived political corruption and corporate greed, said she caught a peripheral glimpse of the victim dropping toward a walkway near Downtown Johnny Brown's restaurant, then disappearing behind some trees.
"The sound when [he] hit the ground was horrible," Smith said. "It was just horrible. I'll never forget that sound."
"It was really peaceful out here, getting ready for our march at occupation," said Kali Katt, a spokeswoman for Occupy San Diego. "Everybody was just doing our thing, getting ready for our march at 4 p.m. and heard a loud noise
sounded like a gun shot or a car backfiring."
Katt also released a statement in which the group expressed regret for the death, asserting, "Any loss of life is tragic."
Police closed the walkway and part of the 11-story parking building while investigating the fatality.
Organizers quickly canceled the street protest and instead joined in a prayer circle.
According to reports heard on a police scanner, the victim was found near a flier or a sign that read, "Important message to intelligent earthlings from your creators." Police would not confirm those reports.
"Frankly, we see this as symptomatic
everything that we're hoping to change," said Halsey. "
So we're having a candlelight vigil to mourn the loss of this individual and to raise the awareness that there's a cost."
Occupy San Diego, an offshoot of a series of protests that have cropped up in cities across the nation over the last three weeks, began Friday afternoon. The purpose of the open-ended demonstration is to stand up against "the global financial corruption currently invading politics, media and corporations, exemplified by the recent financial-industry meltdown and subsequent recession," according to the group's website.
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