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Manhattan Teen Falls to Death while Trying to Get Her Phone

Franklin and Hudson Streets at Tribeca West Historic District in New York City

Police said the teenage victim fell from a 5-story building in Tribeca. Credit: Wikimedia Commons/TEAM 21

A 15-year-old high school student fell to her death from a 5-story building in Manhattan on Sunday night.

Police confirmed that Imogen Roche, a student at Beacon High School, was attending a house party at 110 Reade St., near West Broadway. She was reportedly trying to retrieve her phone from a locked room in an apartment, so she attempted to enter from the outside.

Roche made her way through the windows and the fire escape, authorities said. She then fell and died at around 9 p.m. The victim was rushed to Bellevue hospital – a member of the NYC Health + Hospitals system – where she was pronounced dead.

Although the NYPD already said the incident was accidental, they are still looking for possible signs of foul play.

“I can’t believe this happened,” Roche’s friend Victoria posted on Instagram. “No words can begin to describe how much you meant to me and impacted my life. We have been through everything together, and I have never met someone who genuinely gets me more than you.”

She added, “I will love you FOREVER. I just wish I could see you one more time. I have always cared about you so much more than you know, you are in a better place now.”

Roche had been a part of the Manhattan Youth Organization, a well-known film program in the city. It offers after-school activities for bright young students like the victim. Her father, Theseus Roche, is an award-winning filmmaker himself. He is also a single dad and a director at Manhattan Youth.

“This is literally heartbreaking,” Vicki Winters, one of the Roches’ longtime neighbors told the media. “She was adorable. He’s an amazing father. He was a single parent.”

Winters said Roche wanted to pursue a career in the entertainment industry – just like her father. The young woman was actually following her father’s footsteps. Among her talents were acting, dancing and filmmaking.

“Unique,” Winters added, describing Roche. “Definitely unique.”

 

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