Cameron Perrelli, 24, falls to death at East Village rooftop party – CBS New York
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – There was a tragedy this weekend at a rooftop party in the East Village. Police said a young woman lost her footing and died.
CBS2’s Kevin Rincon spoke with the victim’s family on Monday.
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Michael Perrelli came to Avenue A, along with other family members, to pay tribute to his niece, Cameron Perrelli. The 24-year-old died early Saturday morning while trying to get from roof to roof.
Flowers and an angel statue are now in front of the building.
Michael Perrelli said it was his hope that something like this wouldn’t happen again.
“But if we can save someone else’s child, someone else’s sister or brother, niece, granddaughter, as the case may be, so that it doesn’t happen again, because it is not safe for these children to party on the rooftops, ”he said.
Michael Perrelli spoke to councilor Carlina Rivera, who said this type of gathering is part of a growing trend.
“Most of the rooftop parties that sprung up in the East Village as the weather warmed just got out of hand,” Rivera said.
She said she intends to introduce legislation to provide better oversight.
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“We want to make sure we understand which roofs are legal, what their capacity is, what they are used for, what kind of security mechanisms are in place. How do we hold owners accountable, ”Rivera said.
All over the East Village there are plenty of people partying on the rooftops. Some admit that it can become dangerous.
“The buildings are definitely not designed to host parties, but I think you have to be careful,” said Delaney Laux, an East Village resident.
“I just don’t think there are any clubs open, so people are starting their own rooftop clubs,” resident James Mossman added.
“Honestly, I don’t see any problem with them,” said resident Hilary Sherpa.
“I would say they’re definitely more popular now. Since COVID, it’s like an outdoor space. I would say we were just careful, like when we go there, ”Addi Halligan added.
For now, police say they are still investigating the circumstances of the crash.
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Kevin Rincon of CBS2 contributed to this report