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Corona del Mar High grad jumps from N.Y. dorm

Allan Oakley Hunter III, freshman at NYU, was known for his artistic and musical abilities.

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

A Corona del Mar High School graduate died early Saturday morning after jumping off a dormitory at New York University.

Allan Oakley Hunter III of Newport Beach was a freshman at NYU. The Newport Beach resident, known as Trey to friends and family, was 18.

A Facebook page honoring Hunter had 197 members by Monday afternoon, and scores of messages reminiscing about the young man’s artistic and musical abilities, piercing intelligence and offbeat sense of humor.

“People wanted to be around you, and your humor and intelligence would keep them around you,” wrote Corona del Mar student Ricky Townsend.

Described by friends as a “genius,” Hunter was thrilled to be attending NYU, said friend Scott Oatman. Like other friends of Hunter’s, Oatman was shocked that the charismatic young man took his life.

Hunter had a penchant for writing rap songs, which included “many obscure pop culture references that only he understood,” Oatman said.

NYU President John Sexton sent an e-mail to the school community urging students to seek help if they or anyone they know is at risk of suicide.

“It is a sign of strength to reach out when one needs help, and it is a blessing to reach out to another who is in need of help,” Sexton wrote. “Never hesitate to seek assistance, either on your own behalf or on behalf of someone about whom you are concerned.”

Hunter was the son of Allan O. Hunter Jr. of Newport Beach, who co-founded rent.com. His grandfather was the late Allan Oakley Hunter, a former Republican congressman and chairman of mortgage company Fannie Mae.

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