By Trevor Kapp and Aidan Gardiner – DNAinfo.com
A 15-year-old boy plunged four stories to his death when he tried to jump “like Spider-Man” from one rooftop to another while playing tag, police and witnesses said.
Tyrek Riley, who lived in East Flatbush, was playing with four other boys when he tried to leap across a 10-foot gap, from 1145 to 1153 President St., and fell at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, police said.
Tyrek was pronounced dead at the scene, an NYPD spokeswoman said. The kids were playing manhunt, a version of tag, police said.
“They’re good kids, but they’ve been doing this about a year. They just jump from roof to roof like Spider-Man,” said Nick Brown, 31, who saw the boy’s body from his fourth-floor window in 1145 President St.
“I’ve tried to warn them, but they don’t listen. It’s cold out and they don’t have nothing else to do. It was a matter of time before this happened,” he added.
Others had also tried unsuccessfully to warn the group.
“They were up on the roof jumping back and forth. I heard stomping on top of my roof. I thought it was going to cave,” said Ivorine Dixon, 41, another fourth-floor tenant of 1145 President St.
“My dad went up and told them to get off, but they kept going,” Dixon added.
After interviewing the other kids Tyrek was with, investigators believe there was no criminality involved, a police spokeswoman said.
“The NYPD would like to ask all parents, politicians, churches, adults and all other organizations to remind children of the danger of playing on rooftops,” an NYPD spokesman said.