The most-read piece on our site this week was a sad update about the death of a 19-year-old student athlete at Johns Hopkins University. Abigail Bastien “fell from quite a distance” from a high-rise on N. Charles Street to her death, Baltimore police spokesman T.J. Smith said at a news conference on Monday. Bastien’s body had been discovered on the morning of Thursday, July 13.

Smith said investigators weren’t sure exactly high up she was before her fall. The evidence detectives pulled together indicated it was an accidental death, he said, noting that “nothing in this case points towards homicide.”

Members of the Hopkins community and Bastien’s hometown of Sandusky, Ohio, mourned her passing. Bastien was a sprinter on the Hopkins track-and-field team and a member of the school’s Alpha Phi sorority chapter. Her high school track coach told the Sandusky Register she “was a person with a heart of gold and was all about everyone first and putting herself second.”

Here were other our most popular reads over the last seven days:

Ethan McLeod — “Fed Hill Restaurant Association Launches Social Media Campaign Against Panhandlers” — Thursday, July 13

Ethan McLeod — “One Year In, DeRay McKesson Says He’s Leaving his Job with Baltimore City Schools” — Monday, July 17

Susan Dunn — “Ruxton, Riderwood, Lake Roland Residents Turn Out to Oppose the ‘Village of Lake Roland’” — Thursday, July 13

Susan Dunn — “RRLRAIA Membership Rejects Motion in ‘Village of Lake Roland’ Project” — Wednesday, July 19

Ethan McLeod — “Lululemon Suing Under Armour Over Sports Bra Design” — Tuesday, July 18

Ethan McLeod — “Public Defender’s Office: Body Cam Footage Shows City Police Officer Planting Drugs” — Wednesday, July 19

Ethan McLeod — “Vandal Maims, Kills Newly Planted Cherry Trees Along Median in Catonsville” — Wednesday, July 19

Ethan McLeod — “President Trump was Displeased to Learn His Deputy Attorney General Worked in Baltimore” — Thursday, July 20

Ethan McLeod — “Staff Nabbed a Rabid Groundhog Roaming the Maryland Zoo Last Week” — Friday, July 14

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Ethan McLeod

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...