Linden Whitt, 20, an economics major from Mishawaka, died of neck injuries after falling eight feet off a backyard porch at her apartment near the Indiana University campus in Bloomington.
"Somewhere between accident and chaos," a friend described the accident that happened shortly before 3 a.m. "Its just this could happen to anybody at anytime and sometimes life just deals you a bad car and that's what happened here.
"The risks that were involved, obviously no one would assume them to be a life threatening risk that they were taking by sitting on a small balcony so I mean this was just totally a random freak accident really."
Linden lived in the 1300 block of North Lincoln Street but there were times her roommates wouldn't see her.
"She was always at the library," a coed recalled, laughing at the memory. "Come home and, 'Where's Linden?' 'You know, the library.' I guess it was like her second home."
As roommates sat on the shaded back porch, just feet away from where their friend tumbled to her death, the young women said Linden hoped to follow in the footsteps of a brother who also student economics at IU and moved to Chicago.
"She definitely wanted to go and help people and volunteer. She definitely talked about joining the Peace Corps for a year after she graduated."
Friends held a memorial gathering on campus Sunday afternoon and were promised counseling help by IU officials.
"She can't get mad at people," said Linden's roommate. "She tried and our neighbors were telling her the other night, 'Linden, make a sad face. Make a mad face.' She would go and try to do it and it would just turn into a smile. You would never see this girl upset."
Friends intend to travel to Linden's hometown for the funeral. Her death cast a shadow over IU's Little 500 weekend which featured a Saturday bicycle race.
Toxicology tests will determine if alcohol played a role in the accident.