NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There was a tragedy over the weekend at a rooftop party in the East Village. Police say a young woman lost her footing and fell to her death.
On Monday, CBS2’s Kevin Rincon spoke to the victim’s family.READ MORE: New Jersey Senator Says COVID Survivors Should Enjoy Same Benefits As Fully Vaccinated People
Michael Perrelli came to Avenue A, along with other family members, to pay their respects to his niece, Cameron Perrelli. The 24-year-old died early Saturday morning trying to get from one rooftop to another.
Flowers and a statue of an angel are now out in front of the building.
Michael Perrelli said it’s his hope something like this never happens again.
“But if we can save someone else’s child, someone else’s sister or brother, niece, granddaughter, whichever, so that this never happens again, because it’s not safe for these kids to party on rooftops,” he said.
Michael Perrelli spoke with Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, who said these sorts of gatherings are part of a growing trend.
“Many of the rooftop parties that have sprung up in the East Village as the weather has warmed up have simply gotten out of hand,” Rivera said.
She said intends to present legislation to provide better oversight.READ MORE: Hispanic Heritage Month: Port Chester Is Westchester County's First Majority-Hispanic Municipality
“We do want to make sure that we understand which rooftops are legal, what is their capacity, their use, what sort of safety mechanisms are in place. How do we hold landlords accountable,” Rivera said.
Throughout the East Village, there are plenty of people who have partied on rooftops. Some admit it can get dangerous.
“The buildings definitely aren’t set up to be hosting parties, but I think within caution,” said East Village resident Delaney Laux.
“I just think there’s no clubs open, so people are making their own clubs on the roof,” added resident James Mossman.
“I honestly don’t see any problem with them,” resident Hilary Sherpa said.
“I would say they’re definitely more popular now. Since COVID, it’s like an outdoor space. I’d say we’ve just been cautious, like when we do go,” added Addi Halligan.
For now, police say they’re still investigating the circumstances behind the accident.MORE NEWS: De Blasio Says NYC Ready To Administer COVID Vaccine Booster Shots Once FDA Approved
CBS2’s Kevin Rincon contributed to this report