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November 18, 2018

Girl, 11, dead after plummeting 16 stories from East Harlem housing development

May 25, 2018

An 11-year-old girl jumped to her death from the roof of her East Harlem building Thursday, authorities said.

An 11-year-old girl jumped to her death from the roof of her East Harlem building Thursday, authorities said.

The middle-schooler, who lived in the Wagner Houses on First Ave. near E. 120th St., plunged from the 16 story building at about 5:30 p.m., cops said.




Police have not yet released the girl’s name, but her friends told the Daily News she attended fifth grade at Public School 206.

The girl went to school, and hung out with friends at a nearby park after dismissal. She got into an argument with one of her close friends, went home at about 5 p.m. to walk her dog, her classmates said.

“She was fine. I didn’t expect her to do anything. She was chilling and laughing,” said one of her friends, 12. “When y’all left, she turned to me and that’s when she started crying and getting all upset. And that’s when she said she was going to kill herself,” said a 13-year-old girl who attends seventh grade in the same public school complex.

Police are investigating the incident at the Wagner Houses on First Ave. near E. 120th St. in Manhattan when an 11-year-old girl was found on the grass unconscious. (Andrew Savulich/New York Daily News)

“We knew that she had suicidal thoughts but we didn’t think she was gonna do anything about it. Whenever something happens she comes to us or to the counselor at school.” Her 12-year-old friend said she’d been bullied. “About a month ago, she did say she wanted to kill herself on Snapchat. She was bullied… The counselors don’t do anything. She went to them this morning though.”

First responders found the girl on the grass, breathing but unconscious. She died at Harlem Hospital, cops said.

The girl lives on the top floor of the building where she fell. Investigators believe she committed suicide. Milady Sanchez, 52, who sells water on the corner, said she’s known the girl for years. “I knew her when she was young… she came out like usual and walked her dog,” Sanchez said.

“I was over there, selling water, when I heard a loud boom. A loud boom. And I thought oh my god look at what happened,” she added, as tears filled her eyes. “I saw her there on the ground, and I remember seeing her just ten minutes earlier.”




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