Boy who fell to death had makeshift parachute

April 15, 2009 8:00:42 PM PDT
A young boy plunged to his death from the top a 13-story apartment building in Brooklyn Tuesday night. A clearer picture is starting to form of what exactly happened to Domori Miles.

Police now say the 9-year-old may have been imitating wrestling moves he saw on his favorite game, WWE Smackdown vs. Raw.

Ten-year-old friend Shakar Murrel says Domori was a fan of the wrestling game and loved wrestler Jeff Hardy's swan dives.

Stamford, Conn.-based World Wrestling Entertainment expresses sympathy but calls for "a full investigation ... before conclusions are made." It says no "SmackDown vs. Raw" characters jump off buildings or use parachutes.

Domori left his 10th floor apartment and made his way to the roof around 7:00 Tuesday night.

Then, using this plastic bag and some rope, it appears the boy made a parachute and believing it would support his weight, jumped, plunging 13 stories to his death.

Ray Jay's own 9-year-old son hung out with Domori.

"My wife said that's why I told Jasiah don't be playing around the hallways with him and don't go to his house," he said.

Officials from the medical examiners office returned to the scene on Wednesday, as did police who took photos of surveillance cameras that did catch a glimpse of Domori heading to the roof.

Police wouldn't let anyone near the roof today.

The door leading to the stairway and the one leading to the roof remained unlocked, as per fire code, but neighbors say the alarm wasn't working.

"Somebody could hide there and hurt you. Someone could be hiding there as you go down the stairs," Edwina Sanchez said.

It's clear Domori is on everyone's mind.

"He was a nice friendly little boy, outgoing. My daughter taught him at day care. A little outgoing boy. Really sweet," Celeste Cunningham said.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bob Monek


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