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Lynn University soccer star dies in fall from bridge; another injured

FORT LAUDERDALE — A star soccer player at Lynn University died early Saturday and one of his teammates was injured after both fell from a railroad bridge in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Kyle Conrad, a 21-year-old senior from Jensen Beach studying sports management, died, according to Lynn University spokesman Joshua Glanzer. He said Joe Cundall, a 21-year-old senior studying business administration, was treated and released from Broward General Medical Center.

Conrad's death was the latest tragedy for the university this year. Four students and two faculty members were among the estimated 250,000 killed in the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti. The university is making available grief counselors and its campus ministry for those mourning Conrad, Glanzer said.

"Our deepest sympathies go to his family and friends," Glanzer said. "Obviously, we're shocked and saddened. He's a great student here at Lynn. He did very well at the school. He's liked by everybody. The whole campus is really upset by this."

The accident occurred at about 2:30 a.m. on a railroad bridge above the New River at the Las Olas Riverfront entertainment complex, according to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue spokesman Matt Little.

One man, whom Lynn officials identified as Conrad, fell from the bridge into the water. Emergency responders arrived, searched the river and found him about 10 minutes later, Little said.

Paramedics rushed him to Broward General, but their "attempts to resuscitate him weren't successful," Little said. University officials said he died Saturday afternoon.

Another man, later identified as Cundall, was found hanging from the bridge's trestle.

No additional details about the incident were available Saturday. Officials have not released a cause of death.

The Palm Beach Post in 2007 named Conrad its boys soccer Player of the Year after he graduated high school with a 3.59 GPA and earned a soccer scholarship to Lynn. He volunteered at his church and finished his high school career in Jensen Beach with 143 goals and 43 assists.

In a 2007 article from The Palm Beach Post, he was quoted as saying he valued his high school soccer teammates. "I'm going to remember these guys forever," Conrad said. "I loved having the chance to start everything new, start new traditions."

During the past four years at Lynn, Conrad maintained a 3.79 GPA and has won similar accolades for his soccer talent. The midfielder became the fourth player in school history to score 100 career points.

He was the first student-athlete in school history, from any sport, to garner First Team ESPN Academic All-District accolades three times and was twice named an ESPN Academic All-American, including this year.

"Kyle represented the best of Lynn," Lynn University President Kevin M. Ross said in a statement. "He was an excellent student, wonderful teammate and just a great person. I am deeply saddened by the sudden loss of such a promising young man, and my condolences go out to his family."

Conrad is survived by his parents, Mary Ann and Sherman, and his sisters, Kristen and Kayla.

Cundall was born in Dewsbury, England, and also has been a standout player at Lynn. According to the team's website, he started all 19 games for the Fighting Knights his junior year and was a key player on a defense that posted seven shutouts and allowed just over a goal per game.

"This affects the whole community, and we just hope that everyone can come together at this time," Glanzer said.

Juan Ortega can be reached at jcortega@SunSentinel.com or 954-356-4701.

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