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“Rest in Power my handsome sweet young King!” wrote Jeri Snead-Pierre about her son Matthew, 13, who was found dead after a fall early yesterday morning at Manhattan Plaza on W43rd Street and 9th Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen.
“It is with deep sadness The Pierre family, and the HK community the tragic loss of our beloved son Matthew. Thank you all who have been supportive, praying and crying with us'” she continued. “We love you and appreciate you. We will definitely need you going forward as the road ahead without him will be tough. He always was positive and loving. We will NEVER FORGET YOU! #motherslove June 19, 2007- October 19, 2020.”
Matthew’s mother posted pictures of her son on Instagram overnight, saying he was a “Lovable, happy kid, dog lover,” and adding “We miss you a ton buddy.” Snead-Pierre is an actor and entrepreneur. She is the founder of the STEAM Kids Lab.
There has been an outpouring of grief from Manhattan Plaza residents, including Tenant President Aleta LaFargue, who said on Instagram: “Today our community tragically lost one of our precious children. We have faced so many hardships this year but this one puts everything in perspective, reminding us of how important we all are to each other and to never take anything for granted. Our hearts are broken. I know you are surrounded by angels little one. We will hold this space with love.”
Last night, the Manhattan Plaza community gathered for a candlelight vigil in the playground of the building. Residents sang “Amazing Grace” during the vigil which was attended by over well over 100 neighbors, including many teenage friends of Matthew.