Fatal fall in downtown Dallas leaves family, friends devastated




Posted on September 24, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 24 at 8:03 PM

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DALLAS — Christine Frenzel's fatal fall from a 19-story apartment building has left her family devastated, and her friends and downtown Dallas residents wondering how could it happen.

Frenzel, 25, fell early Sunday morning from an outdoor terrace at the Davis Building, which features apartments and lofts.

Chris Ghanbari lives in a second floor loft. Moments after hearing something outside his window early Sunday morning, he looked out and saw Frenzel's body on the sidewalk near the front door surrounded by police officers.

"They kept looking up at the building," Ghanbari told News 8. "I was like, 'No, she didn't... she didn't fall?' And that's apparently what happened. Unbelievable. And gives me chills and makes me extremely sad."

Police said Frenzel lost her balance while sitting on a 19th floor guard wall with friends.

Police said it was a tragic accident.

Michael Frenzel, the victim's older brother, said Christine's death has left her family devastated. "It's really hard to understand why things like this happen," he said. "We're completely at a loss here in our house. We're going to miss her; it's so hard to believe she's gone."

Frenzel said his sister — who lived with their parents in University Park — graduated from the Art Institute of Dallas in June and got a job offer on Friday.

The city said the Davis Building passed a code inspection in March with a near-perfect score, and has no complaints against it.

Guardrails met the required 36 to 42 inches in height.

Frenzel's brother said the family at this time believes there's no reason to think it wasn't an accident.

"We still do have some outstanding questions, yes. But like I said, I think seeing... seeing the area might help alleviate those," he said. "But it may just create more questions."

Among the questions police still have should be answered by an autopsy that will show whether Christine Frenzel had any drugs or alcohol in her system at the time of her death.

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