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Sophomore guard's pictures of man plummeting to his death circulate around the Internet.
by Jason Kersey Published: May 29, 2012
/articleid/3679725/1/pictures/1733201">Photo - Lee Dell Thomas Jr. hangs on the edge of a crane near the campus of Southern Methodist University early Tuesday morning before falling to his death. Oklahoma basketball player James Fraschilla witnessed the event and took this photo. Photo provided by James Fraschilla.
Lee Dell Thomas Jr. hangs on the edge of a crane near the campus of Southern Methodist University early Tuesday morning before falling to his death. Oklahoma basketball player James Fraschilla witnessed the event and took this photo. Photo provided by James Fraschilla.

“I'm pretty sure no one else in the media had a photo like that,” he said. “I just tweeted it out and had some responses. Then, when I woke up this morning it had been put up by some online outlets.”

Fraschilla is a walk-on at OU and saw action in 10 games as a freshman last season. He loves working on multimedia projects, but his ultimate goal is to be a basketball coach.

Fraschilla said capturing the moment and having his work publicized was a good experience, but, “I wouldn't say it was cool,” because of the stunning death he witnessed.

“You see stuff like that happen on TV or in movies, but seeing it happen in real life was really eye-opening and shocking,” he said. “I've never seen anything like that in my life. Luckily I was far enough away so I didn't have to see too much of it or hear anything. It really puts life in perspective.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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