The Physics Building is on McCormick Road.
Tommy Gilliam, as his family called him, is second from the right, with his younger brothers, James and Benjamin, his mother, Vicki, and father Tom.
PHOTO COURTESY GILLIAM FAMILY
Thomas W. Gilliam IV's last day alive had been "magnificent,"
says his grandfather. The 19-year-old UVA student went to church
with his grandparents and his father, who was in town for dental
work from Ireland, where the family lived. They went out to lunch
and then he worked on his resume with his dad. They went to a
performance of Celtic Woman at John Paul Jones Arena Sunday night,
March 27, and dropped Tom off at his dorm at 10pm.
"He said he had to finish a paper," says Tom Gilliam Jr., the
young man's grandfather.
Two hours later, he was dead, the victim of what authorities
believe was an accidental fall from the roof of the Physics
"He slipped and fell," says his grandfather.
An emergency call came in at 11:15pm, Gilliam was taken from the
McCormick Road building at 11:38pm, and he arrived at the UVA
Medical Center at 11:43pm, where he died.
"At this time, we do not believe that either foul play or
alcohol were involved," says UVA spokesperson Carol Wood in a
release. "Nor do we believe that this was a suicide. Investigators
believe it was a tragic accident." An autopsy is being
UVA police are investigating the incident, and issued a
statement Monday night that the east door of the Physics Building
was compromised, and that Gilliam entered through that door and
opened the main door to let in other students.
"Unfortunately, with the snow and rain on Saturday and Sunday,
the roof of the Physics Build...