Nine-year-old Domori Miles jumped 13 stories to his death with a makeshift parachute Tuesday evening in New York.
While his mother was away from the apartment, Miles took a makeshift parachute, made of a plastic bag and some rope, and went up to the roof of his Brooklyn apartment building. Then, police believe he jumped off the top of the building, plunging to his death, thinking that his parachute would support his weight.
One of Miles’ friends said the boy was a huge fan of the wrestling video game, “WWE Smackdown vs. Raw,” in which one of the characters swan dives. Some are speculating that Miles was trying to imitate a wrestling move.
“He played it all the time. That was what he was trying to do,” 10-year-old Shakar Murrel told The Associated Press. “If I would have seen him up there, I would have told him not to do it.”
In a statement, WWE expressed condolences to the boy’s family, but also asked that there be a full investigation before any conclusions are drawn, adding that none of the game’s characters use parachutes or jump from buildings.
Police were at the scene of the tragedy Wednesday taking photos and collecting evidence to get a clearer picture of what happened. Security cameras did catch Miles going up to the roof of the building. While the doors leading to the roof have to be left unlocked for fire safety reasons, neighbors told local New York television station, WABC, that the alarm wasn’t working.
Now, a shocked community is left to grieve.
“He was a nice, friendly little boy; outgoing,” one neighbor told WABC. “Really sweet.”
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