This 15-year-old Brooklyn boy, identified as Tyhreek Riley, plummeted four stories to his death Thursday while reportedly jumping across rooftops on President St. in Brooklyn
A thrill-seeking game turned fatal in Brooklyn on Thursday afternoon when a 15-year-oldhigh school student tried to leap over an alleyway to an adjacent rooftop but missed, and plunged four stories to his death, police sources said.
Tyhreek Riley, a 10th-grader at Murry Bergtraum High School, was with a group of friends on the roof of 1153 President St. near Rogers Ave. in Crown Heights. He was the first of the group to try to jump to the roof of the building next door, sources said.
But the boy could not clear the gap and fell to the alley between the two buildings, known as an air shaft, the sources added.
“I want my son, my boy, my Tyhreek,” cried the teen’s father, Patrick Riley, 47, who rushed to the scene after the accident. “What was he doing up there?”
A superintendent of one of the buildings found the boy, who died upon impact, in the alley, the sources said. Neighbors could see the body from their windows.
“He fell right in front of my kitchen window,” said neighbor Nicholas Brown, 31. “It looked like he hit his head on the walls all the way down.”
Tyhreek’s mother, Joyann Riley, a nurse, said she was too distraught to come to the scene of her son’s death.
“He was a very loving and very attentive. He had a brother and a sister that he dearly loved,” said the boy’s mother, Joyann Riley, 43. “He was a good boy.”
Police sources said they had received several calls in recent days of teens jumping from roof to roof. Brown said he had admonished four teens for trying to jump the gap a day before the fatal fall.