Jacob Stauffer says he went to high school with Jack Crean, the student who the university says either jumped or fell from a crane on Penn State's campus.
Jacob Stauffer said, "He had a sense of humor. He had a lot of friends -- a lot of friends. He was well mannered."
The news of the death came as a shock to many on campus, including other freshmen preparing for the first day of classes.
Samantha Ginsburg, a Penn State Freshman, said, "We were all in the Bryce Jordan the other day -- 8,800 or something like that and he was in there with me."
"It's a surreal thing for someone you know to just like be gone,” said Stauffer.
Crean was discovered by police between 10:30 and 11 AM Sunday. He is from Boalsburg. There is video surveillance near the work site and Penn State says the site is secure.
The university released a statement saying, "It's a sorrowful start to the academic year and our hearts go out to Jack's family and friends. The death of any student is painful and tragic, and we are deeply impacted by this loss."
Stauffer says he didn't know Crean well, but hopes he can be remembered well in the community.
Stauffer said, "I hope that we're able to move on and remember him in a good way -- the way that he was"
The preliminary autopsy report is expected to be released on Monday.
The toxicology report takes four to six weeks to come back.
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