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Benjamin Schurmer’s family shares balcony location of student’s fatal cliff fall in Isla Vista

Benjamin Schurmer's family shares balcony location of student's fatal cliff fall
kevin rajapaksa contributed
Cliff fall location
Contributed by Kevin Rajapaksa

ISLA VISTA, Calif.-The family of Benjamin "Benny" Schurmer of Ojai wants people to know exactly where he fell to his death over Labor Day weekend in Isla Vista.

The family said an anonymous caller phoned 911 and dispatch pinned the location where he fell to the residence at the 6743 Del Playa Dr.

The apartment balcony on the cliff is next to Walter Capps Park named after Supervisor Laura Capp's late father.

Close friends said they were at a Labor Day weekend party in the apartment overlooking the ocean on Saturday night when they heard someone had fell off the eroding cliff.

It appears the 19-year-old went over the four-foot white fence to urinate.

Schurmer, who did not live in Isla Vista, was the thirteenth person and eleventh man to fatally fall from the cliffs in Isla Vista since 1994.

Fencing along open fields and parks went up a decade ago following a Fence Isla Vista campaign launched by UCSB Associated Students and the mother of Noah Krom, who fell to his death in 2009.

This week a portion of the fence hanging off the cliff near the latest fall was repaired and pushed back.

A portable bathroom was also placed in Walter Capps Park next to the apartment building where it happened.

Schurmer was a Nordhoff High School graduate, athlete and actor.

The Santa Barbara City College student had just been cast as the lead in "Emma" on the SBCC campus and was chosen to be part of a traveling dance company.

A memorial service will be held at Libbey Bowl in Ojai on Saturday, Oct. 7.

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