A 12-year-old boy tragically died after he jumped from the roof of a 15-story apartment building in New York City.
NYPD told Daily Mail that the boy landed on a parked car and shattered its front window when he jumped from the top of the Upper East Side building on Tuesday.
Police responded to the scene following reports of the incident at 1045 Park Avenue.
Emergency services also rushed to the scene and took the 12-year-old to Lenox Hill Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
The boy’s death is similar to another death in Manhattan that happened in October last year.
13-year-old Matthew Pierre was found unresponsive on the ground at around 6 am after he jumped from the terrace of a 20-story apartment building in West 43rd Street near Ninth Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen.
According to reports, police were treating the case as suicide and noted cryptic writing on his computer to the New York Post.
A GoFundMe page for Pierre’s family raised more than $35,000. “Matthew was a pride and joy for his parents Jeri and Edwin and his older sister Nyla,” the page reads.
“He loved sports, but basketball was his passion. If there was a sport to be played, Matthew was sure to be a part of it. His infectious smile could light up a room and he was always a respectful, smart and talented young man.”
The page adds: “He was a friend to so many of his peers and they are all grieving the loss of their beloved friend Matthew.”
The tragic incident comes as mental health experts have expressed their worries about the effects of lockdown on people.
Mayor Bill de Blasio previously expressed concern about children’s mental health due to the pandemic.
In February, de Blasio said, as per NBC New York: “The fact that these kids have gone through this crisis, the trauma they’ve felt, many kids have lost, loved ones.
“Many kids are feeling really isolated in the absence of, you know, the regular rhythms of their life.”
The NYC Department of Education says 1 in five children struggle with mental health.
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