3-year-old Gabriel Estevez fell to his death from a fourth-story Bronx apartment window on Saturday, as witnesses say they heard the young boy screaming for help.
According to the New York Daily News:
“He was screaming for help. By the time we got across the street he had already fell,” said neighbor Frank White, 33, who jumped a fence to reach the child.
Estevez died at Lincoln Hospital after the 4:15 p.m. incident at his family’s eight-story apartment building at E. 161st St. and Morris Ave., cops said.
Bystanders rushed to Gabriel’s aid after he landed in a grassy area.
White said he pulled grass from the boy’s mouth and gave him CPR, inducing only a single breath from the dying boy before another person tried CPR and an ambulance arrived.
Residents of the building near Yankee Stadium remembered Gabriel as charming and friendly.
“I joke and laugh with him every day,” said neighbor Francisco Valdes, 21, who also tried to prevent the tragedy. “He’s my little man. I miss his little soul.”
Family members said the boy’s mother was out and his father, a cab driver, was working when he fell.
Neighbors said the child fell from the building superintendent’s apartment. By Saturday night, police had the super’s apartment blocked.
We can’t begin to describe Gabriel’s mother’s pain. She was so distraught she cried screaming, and couldn’t talk to reporters. Our hearts go out to the Estevez family during this horrible time.