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Grandmother remembers fatal fall victim as a "total joy"
Grandmother remembers fatal fall victim as a "total joy"

Family, friends, and strangers are trying to cope with a tragic fall that killed a young Lenoir City man at the Georgia Dome Friday night.

Isaac Grubb, 20, passed away during surgery just before midnight. The Pelissippi State student was attending the game with friends when he fell 45 feet from the mezzanine level.

Saturday, Grubb's family and friends mourned the tragic loss.

"It's like a horror movie, a nightmare you can't wake up from," said Isaac's Grandmother, Mary Grubb.

She said Isaac was a big UT fan who was excited about the game. He died doing what he loved.

"He had a short life, but he packed a lot of stuff into it. A lot fun for himself, entertainment for us, and a lot of love for all of us," Mary Grubb described Isaac as fun loving, caring, and a joy to be around.

She said every time she thinks of him, it brings a smile to her face.

There are many things his family will miss about him, she said. "His laughter, his tall tales, his bear hugs, just getting to see what he would have become. He had so much promise to him."

Grubb was attending Pelissippi State and wanted to enter the medical field.

He also was a server at Brixx Wood- Fired Pizza in Turkey Creek where employees say he will be missed.

During the fall, Grubb injured another man from South Carolina. He was treated and released with cuts on his face.

Saturday investigators spent the day trying to figure out what happened.

At a news conference, officials said Grubb had been drinking before the game.

"The initial investigation reveals that the victim did consume alcohol prior to entering the Georgia Dome and started consuming alcohol at 5 p.m. Witness reports indicate he did not purchase alcohol inside the stadium," said Lt. Chad Hurston of the Georgia Dome Police.

At this point, medical examiners are working on an autopsy and waiting for toxicology results.

A group of UT students sitting three seats away from Grubb watched the accident happen.

"I was in shock. I was like that didn't just happen. I'm dreaming," said Tori Bowland, a UT student.

Bowland and her friend, Kaitlin McNutt, didn't know Grubb, but they say it's a name they will not soon forget.

During the first quarter after the 2nd touchdown, McNutt saw Grubb celebrating.

"He was really excited and pumping his fist. We all were. The next thing I know, I saw his feet just go over up above his head and he just tumbled down and landed on the people below us," McNutt said.

"I was shaking. I've never shook that much in my life. The whole rest of the game, it wasn't even like we were at a football game anymore. It wasn't like were at the Georgia Dome. We left before the game was over because we didn't want to be there anymore," she said.

The students believe the rails which came up to just below their hips were too low.

Those railings are 33 inches high. Georgia Dome officials say they meet code and they have no plans to change them unless the investigation reveals a problem.

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