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Man in fatal plunge not linked to Occupy San Diego, police say

October 10, 2011 |  6:46 pm

The 42-year-old man who committed suicide by leaping from a parking structure near the Occupy San Diego protest does not appear to have been involved in the demonstration, police said late Monday.

Near the man's lifeless body were fliers that read, "Important Message to Intelligent Earthlings From Your Creator."

Witnesses saw the man falling head-first from the structure without making a sound. The incident occurred about 3:15 p.m. as protesters were preparing for a rally outside a nearby bank.

Several hundred Occupy San Diego protesters are camped out in the plaza between City Hall and the 11-story parking structure.

Although use of the plaza for a protest camp-in is new, the plaza is commonly used by the homeless as a place to sleep safely away from the noise and dangers of downtown streets.

--Tony Perry in San Diego