College student from NJ dies after being pulled from water at park

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -

A 19-year-old student athlete at Binghamton University who attended high school in New Jersey has died after being pulled from the water at Buttermilk Falls State Park.

According to state parks spokesman Dan Keefe, Calistus Anyichie was in an area of the gorge off-limits to swimming when he was pulled from the water by friends Sunday afternoon.

Friends attempted life-saving measures, but Anyichie was later pronounced dead at Cayuga Medical Center.

A Binghamton University statement says Anyichie was entering his sophomore year as a political science major and was on the basketball team.

Originally from Nigeria, he was a scholar-athlete at St. Mary's of the Assumption High School in Short Hills, and was recognized as one of the state's top scholar-athletes.

Anyichie played in 32 games as a Binghamton freshman, averaging 1.9 points and 2.1 rebounds.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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