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Two days ago, a 17-year-old teenager named Hakeem Kuta fell six stories from a Bronx roof while being chased by police. The NYPD was reportedly going after him and his friend for smoking marijuana in the lobby of a building.

Now, two days later, the teen has passed away. BuzzFeed reports:

The teen fell off the building while he was being chased by two officers, Eduard Solano and Edmundo Rivera, the NYPD said.

One of the group’s members initially tried to block the entrance of the building, giving the others a chance to escape, police said. Two officers stayed in the lobby, while Solano and Rivera chased several members of the group up to the building’s roof.

The site continues:

The officers saw two of the group’s members running away and commanded them to stop. One of the teens, described by police as a 17-year-old black male, climbed over a two to three foot wall to escape while another tried to support him but lost his footing.

Reportedly, Officer Rivera attempted to stop the teen from falling but couldn’t. Kuta was immediately taken to a local hospital and was pronounced dead Saturday morning after succumbing to his injuries.

This case is currently being investigated by the Internal Affairs Bureau. Our condolences go out to Hakeem’s family during this devastating time.


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