Bronx couple die after fall from 6th-floor apartment: NYPD

A man and a woman died Saturday after falling from a Bronx building, police said.

The couple, a 35-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman who neighbors say have children together, fell from a sixth-floor apartment in the Cruger Ave. building at Pelham Parkway South in Morris Park just outside the Mosholu-Pelham Greenway around 9:15 a.m., according to police.

The two were found in the building’s rear courtyard, cops said. Their names were not immediately released.

Investigators suspect that their deaths were not part of a suicide pact, but rather a fight that turned deadly, police sources said.

An older woman, believed to be the dead man’s mother, collapsed on the hot sidewalk in front of the building and wailed after she was told no one survived, witnesses said.

Neighbors tried to console the woman, but she couldn’t be calmed, said one neighbor who would only identify herself as Juju.

“She’s not doing good. She just lost her son,” she said. “She’s getting her friend to comfort her.

“This is not supposed to be happening,” Juju added. “That’s her loved one, that’s her child.”

The couple’s children were inside the apartment unharmed, cops said. A window above the alley that cops suspect they fell from remained open as police combed the scene.

Neighbors said the couple and their two children just moved into the apartment building.

“They were super nice kids, two little boys,” neighbor Giovanni Resto told the Daily News. “They were playing with my puppy two days ago. The parents were really nice as well. The woman was super nice. The guy was a little standoffish, but a nice family.”

The pair may have been arguing before they died, neighbors said.

“Somebody said there was screaming,” said Steve Iurilli, 63. “I saw a bag on the fire escape, maybe she was trying to leave.”

A nearby construction worker heard the couple fall and raced over to see what happened, neighbor Frank Mussemeci recalled.

“He was having coffee right there,” Mussemeci, 50, said. “And they heard a big noise like a piece of steel banging on the ground, like ‘boom.’”

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“Come over here!” the construction worker screamed, Mussemeci remembered. “People just fell off the building!”

A child was heard screaming “Mom! Mom!” seconds after the noise, Mussemeci said.

Resto, 28, first thought what he had heard was a car crash.

“My neighbor went to throw out the garbage, and she saw them there,” he said.

There was so much commotion outside once the bodies were discovered that neighbor Alba Rivera, 67, thought the building was on fire.

“I hope to never see this again,” the shaken building resident said. “My heart goes out to them.”




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