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NYPD is reporting that a 13-year-old fell twenty floors to his death from Manhattan Plaza in Hell’s Kitchen this morning at around 6am.

The teenager, Matthew Pierre, had been on the terrace at 400 W43rd Street doing his homework, his family told police, according to the New York Post.

The Medical Examiner and NYPD at the scene of the fall on W43rd Street and 9th Avenue early this morning.

The New York Daily News reported that Pierre’s mother and sister were at home when the fall happened, his father had just left for work.

Management at Manhattan Plaza issued a statement to residents this afternoon saying: “It is with great sadness that I must report the loss of one of our community residents. We have lost one of our teenage residents due to what is believed to be a horrific accident. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to the family; our community mourns with the family at this time.”

We will update this story as we receive more information.

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  1. In the book ‘The Little Prince’, the prince says to the pilot:
    “In one of the stars I shall be living
    In one of them I shall be laughing…
    And so it will be as if as if all the stars are laughing when you look at the sky at night… you only you- will have Stars that can laugh.”
    To me what he saying is when you see something that reminds you of Matthew it will remind you of him as you knew him.
    My mother passed on August 7th from Covid-19. I miss her so much, and all the wonderful memories that I have of my mother I will always have. Just like you do of your son.
    I wish you peace and love for your daughter and husband.

  2. I wish peace and comfort for his family, esp. his mother and sister. Know that there is a divine reason beyond our understanding and you will see him again amidst joy and love.

  3. Vibrant Emotional Health’s Crisis Emotional Care Team is responding to a community crisis and is in need of 1-2 mental health volunteers to support the response.

    This past week, a 13-year-old community member at Manhattan Plaza (located at W43rd Street) completed suicide. This is the second suicide that the community over 3500 people has experienced in the last few months.

    Leaders of the Manhattan Tenants Association have met with our team and we have established a plan for response that will begin this weekend.

    We are looking for 2 additional NY licensed mental health volunteers experienced in child and community trauma to assist in facilitating one large group session and individualized sessions from 12:30PM-7PM this Saturday under the leadership of Dr. Marcie Beigel. If you are available for some or all of that time, please reach out to Amy Carol Dominguez, Program Director of Vibrant’s Crisis Emotional Care Team – adominguez@vibrant.org.

  4. I the book’The Little Prince’, the prince says to the pilot “ In one of the stars I shall be living
    In one of them I shall be laughing…
    And so it will be as if as if all the stars are laughing when you look at the sky at night… you only you- will have Stars that can laugh.”
    To me what he saying is when you see something that reminds you of Matthew it will remind you of him as you knew him.
    My mother passed on August 7th from Covid-19. I miss her so much, And all the have wonderful memories of her I have will have always! Just like you do of your son.
    I wish you peace and love for you, your daughter and husband.

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