Anthony Clawson: How Did The College Student Lost His Life?
On Friday, July 29, 2022, Anthony Clawson and his three friends went to the Market Street Power Plant in Louisiana to watch the sunset. However, the 18-year-old put his foot on a broken platform by accident and fell to his death.
One of Clawson’s friends, Noah Cieutat, who was present when the sad event occurred, recalled: “I watched him get sucked up from the earth in front of me. For what felt like a minute, I was immobile. The visit to the old plant was “one last great memory” before they all started college, he continued.
Clawson allegedly fell 50 feet within the abandoned power plant, which is close to the New Orleans Morial Convention Center and upriver. He was brought to University Medical Center, but he was unable to be saved, and on Saturday, July 30, he passed away. According to authorities, blunt force trauma was the young man’s cause of death. “You don’t think ‘My child is going to drop to his death in an industrial building,'” his distraught mother Valerie Walker told The Sun. “He is poised in every way for a brilliant life.”
The ground floor is sealed with metal panels intended to prevent unauthorized access to abandoned buildings, according to Peter Aamodt, a spokesman for the facility, which was built in 1902 and described Clawson’s death as a tragedy. Security fencing surrounds the area, lighting has been placed, and ‘No Trespassing’ signs have been put up.
He added that “the location” was regularly monitored by a “local, independent security company,” but he was unsure if anyone was on duty when the teen died.
We are looking into how the people that were there on Friday night gained entry to the guarded premises. To find out what happened, we will work closely with everyone involved. We extend our condolences to the affected families, Aamodt continued.
The victim, who had graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School, was reportedly going to enroll at Louisiana State University to pursue a degree in chemistry. His mother asserted that he had a full scholarship to attend college. I always said I wanted a boy with good manners and a well-rounded education, and that’s precisely what I got, she continued. He would’ve evolved into something. He wanted to share what he had to offer with the world.
A spokesperson at Ben Franklin High School, Eve Payton, remembered Clawson by saying, “We are startled and saddened to convey the news of the passing of Anthony Clawson ’22, who died in an accident over the weekend. Anthony, a graduate of Magna Cum laude and a member of Mu Alpha Theta and the robotics team, intended to enroll at LSU in the autumn.
“We understand that this information may be difficult for you to digest, so we wanted to make sure you knew about the several mental health options we have accessible in case you need to talk to someone… Please remember Anthony’s loved ones and friends. As information regarding the services becomes available, we will share it,” she continued.
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Additionally, after the incident, City Councilwoman Lesli Harris, whose district includes the Market Street Power Plant, released a statement. The statement said, “My heartfelt sympathies go out to Tony’s loved ones. His untimely passing emphasizes the importance of protecting and enhancing the abandoned buildings that litter our city.