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Sacred Heart graduate dies after falling down stairs

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police are investigating the tragic and sudden death of a Louisville teen. Authorities say the Western Kentucky University sophomore tumbled down a set of stairs to her death over the weekend.

According to Officer Ronnie Ward of Bowling Green Police, 19-year-old Melanie Reichert fell down a set of concrete stairs outside a Bowling Green apartment building Saturday night.

Ward said a friend who was with Reichert at the time called 9-1-1 around 9 p.m. Emergency responders transported her to the hospital with critical head injuries. She died Sunday around 7 p.m.

The Warren County Coroner's Office said Reichert died of closed head trauma. The official autopsy results will be available in 30 days, while a toxicology report should take two to three weeks.

At Reichert's family church in Louisville, staff has been fielding dozens of phone calls.

Reichert attended St. Patrick, where staff says she was very involved in youth ministry. Youth Minister Cindy Black remembers Reichert as a friendly, outgoing young woman.

"You know how some kids are popular, or only hang around with the sporty kids? Melanie kind of ran the gamut of, I can hang with anybody and make them feel important and special,"said Black. "[She was a] bubbly, bubbly, beautiful young lady and she will be sorely missed,"

Black says, unfortunately, the parish has dealt with plenty of death in their young community. "Here at St. Patrick we've lost several young people through tragedy, illness, wrecks, and my first gut instinct was, oh please don't let it be another."

Before leaving for college--where WKU officials say she was a member of the honors program--she was involved in multiple activities including theater.

Those who know her say she loved to sing. On Reichert's YouTube channel, she is seen singing and playing her guitar. Those who know her say her words will live on in their hearts.

"I hope she is looking down thinking, I had a loved life," said Black. "I hope she is remembering all the good times she had with her friends."

Police say nothing about the case makes them believe it was anything but an accident, but are still trying to locate some individuals they would like to talk to.

WKU said they are offering counseling to students who lived with Reichert in Minton Hall.

Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville also said they are offering counseling.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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