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Police Identify Teenager Who Fell To His Death From Bushwick Building Rooftop Friday Night

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Police have identified the teenager who succumbed to his injuries after a fall from a building in Bushwick, Brooklyn Friday evening.

Police say 13-year-old Rame Pierre-Louis and a friend fell 50 feet from the three story apartment building on Grove Street Friday night.

The teens may have been trying to jump from building to building, according to authorities.

The second teenager suffered injuries to his pelvis and is remains in critical condition in the hospital.

Stunned friends had gathered at the scene all day and night Saturday leaving balloons, flowers, and lighted candles.

"He was a loving kid, you know, a kid that everybody wanted to hang out with," Rame's friend Alexis Rivera tells CBS2's Brian Conybeare. "He was the type of person who made people laugh. He was somebody goofy, he was the kid that everybody cared about."

The family was too distraught to talk about what happened on the rooftop Friday night. In video obtained exclusively by CBS2 you can see chairs where residents' kids would hang out.

"He was a very good boy," family friend Elizabeth Rivas said. "He always played with my son in the summer all the time. His mom was a very nice person too."

Ian Davidson lives in the building and says keeping teens out isn't easy, despite signs posted reading "No Trespassing -- Tenants And Their Guests Only."

We just got a new security system but sometimes they'll just ring everyone until someone lets them in," he said.

"I've never heard of someone trying to jump off my building," building owner Nasir Brown said Friday.

Brown was feeling numb Friday night after learning the two teens – whom he frequently looks out -- had fallen off the roof of his three-story apartment building into the back courtyard.

"I don't know if they were play-fighting and one ended up tussling over, or if they were are actually trying play and like to dare each other to jump over," Brown said.

Anyone who heard the fall from the building described the same sound.

"I just came home from work, and we just heard this loud thud; like two thuds right after another," said Albert Mathew.

Neighbors said the building has been the site of a lot of problems, specifically teens going to the roof to party and horse around. But they were heartbroken for the families of the teens involved.

"These kids don't belong on this roof. They're not from this block at all. They just go there to smoke, drink and mess around in the building," one man said. "This is a problem that everybody in the building's having."


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