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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

A University of Iowa student has died after being injured in a fall while studying abroad.

20-year-old Andrew Mogni died Sunday while in a Chicago hospital after falling in Rome back in January.

There are still some unanswered questions surrounding the accidental fall, because authorities are investigation to see if Mogni may have been robbed.

Mogni was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity at Iowa, and his fraternity brothers think it was more than just a fall.

"General consensus around the house would be more towards it wasn't a freak accident, but we don't know for sure," said Mark Parise, Sigma Nu member. "I think the biggest thing right now is just to honor his memory."

Parise says Mogni is a big reason he joined the fraternity.

He says Mogni was always smiling, always helping others and always wanting to work out.

Around the Sigma Nu house, they would call Mogni the "fitness chairman."

"Don't want to forget who he was and the impact that he had on everyone's lives, especially here in the house," said Parise.

Initial reports indicated Mogni's fall was an accident, but authorities are investigating the possibility that he was was robbed either before or after his fall.

Autumn Tallman, study abroad assistant director at UI says situations like Mogni's really is a joint responsibility between the university and the students to look at safety and relative risks before going over seas.

"Three key things that often people are told to do or not to do. Don't lie, don't deny, and don't cry," said Tallman. "The first two are easy, the last one, I think for all of us in study abroad today... it's hard."

After the fall, UI Assistant Provost for International Programs went over to Rome to offer support and assistance to Mogni.

The university says they do require insurance for studying abroad students.

They also work closely with private security officers to make sure their students are safe at all times possible, while studying in other countries.

Mogni was recovering in a Rome hospital for months before being transferred to a Chicago area hospital a few weeks ago to be closer to family.

"Such a great guy," said Parise. "He had such a positive impact on so many people on campus and it's just... we love him, we miss him, and we're not going to forget him."

Sigma Nu is planning a vigil in the next few weeks in honor of Mogni.

Fraternity members will be wearing their fraternity pins for the next 15 days as a symbol of mourning for Mogni.

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