Man jumps 20 stories to his death from roof of Gowanus housing project: Cops

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A man plunged to his death from the roof a 20-story public housing project in Gowanus on Tuesday, cops said.

Police were called to one of the Wyckoff Gardens apartment buildings on Nevins Street at about 5 pm regarding a man on the roof, officials said.

The man committed suicide by jumping off the high-rise building between Saint Marks Place and Baltic Street, according to police.

The body of the man, whose name has not been released, was found in the parking lot of the complex. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

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Updated 10:15 pm, July 9, 2018
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sad from town says:
Sept. 19, 2013, 11:20 am
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
A true, clean cut, classic tragedy. Having said that, and I hate to be the one to have to suggest this, but there is more to this story than meets the eye. How did this clearly disturbed person gain access to the roof of such a tall building? This is one question I must ask among many others. Pardon me for starting with this one.
Sept. 19, 2013, 1:24 pm
Cyndia from Brooklyn says:
Thank you John. I am his niece. There is more to the story that meets the eye that's why I don't feel this story should have been published.
Sept. 19, 2013, 7:58 pm
chyna from wyckoff gardeni says:
I ask the same question how did he get on the roof. Y didn't they have fire department come n put the trampled out
Sept. 20, 2013, 9:25 am
resident watch from wyckoff gardens says:
Lawsuit the roof is supppose to be locked and there are cameras in the building when u enter and by the elevator cyndie sry for your family lost but don't let this go unsolve
Sept. 20, 2013, 9:35 am
Andre from Gowanus says:
Sorry for you and your families loss. Take what solace you can and know that his pain has ended. I wish you and your family warmth in the lives you have.
Sept. 20, 2013, 11:17 am
chunk from PHeights says:
his pain didn't end. he just pushed it off to lots of other people to carry.
Sept. 20, 2013, 1:52 pm
tionnie from bedstuy says:
I new him and its sad i was just smoking a spiff wit him that hurt my feelings R.I.P nelson!!!
Sept. 20, 2013, 7:10 pm
diana daniels from gawonus says:
that guy didn't jump thatswhat they all ways say to keep from doing their job, to much paper work and not enough man power, don;t you find it that every year some one gets thrown off there roofs those gang members no they can kill you and get away with it, the old school crime WELL ITS BACK. the did that in 2009, 2010. 2011, my son in 2012 I looked in to it, I watched there dam videos and they stated it, the police aint going to do nothing, they think if the person had some health issue or something ,ay be they jumped OOOHHH really some one jumps every year ok these bast--ds are getting away with murder. but you know what they will have to be looking over their shoulders, because you never know when coma will bite back, people are going to get sick of this, so many good lives lost because the police won't do there jobs and the city won't lock the building roof tops, See you soon.
Dec. 18, 2013, 9:25 pm
rosa mary williams from red hook says:
i live over here and i heard what happen in 2012 they got it on video, i see it. yeah they killing people that way
Dec. 18, 2013, 9:28 pm
cynthia mitcheel from pink houses says:
I live way out here and I heard about what happen to the young man in the gawonus in 2012, from the videos on utube and twitter, yeah they killed the child, what a dam shame and my son said it was for nothing, they got out of hand bulling him, my GOD
Dec. 23, 2013, 3:10 am
un known from new york city says:
cyndia, go back to the medical examiners office and ask them to look over his injuries, for file play look for injuries in the head area, marks , upper body injuries, like from a struggle, then go get you a lawyer, and have them report this information back to the police department so they can follow up with his murder, also file a claim with safe arrizon , so they can give you back the funeral cost, they will pay you back for this because he died on city property
Dec. 23, 2013, 3:30 am
Ronald Nelson from Pink houses says:
I don't know why I clicked this page but I'm glad I did, Yeah your right the old murder crime is back, that's from the 70's,that's what the old gang members used to do, but I fault the people who live there, there are over 2000 people liven in that residence and they can't stomp out 200 gang members what a shame, they are useless, they deserved to live like they do, scared afraid to talk, but it will come back on them, now they are sitting targets, next time they will be trained like dogs, you go were we say you can go,you do what we say to do, to afraid to come out there neighborhoods, good for them, when the children grow up they will be part of gangs to, I say good let them say to their selves, at least we know where they are, they are locked in, THANK GOD
Dec. 28, 2013, 9:49 pm
East new york from linden houses says:
What the hell,And they talking about over here is bad, Why don't the clean up the down town area,those brown stone apartments won't be there for long, those people are going to move out just because they have low class people living near by,those people in those project don't have nothing better to do but kill and hurt people who are trying to make a better life for them selves, every week your getting reports that someone gets shoot stabbed are thrown off the roofs, its time to buckle up people and make those welfare people something to do other then smoke weed drink and hurt people, the hurt because they are scared and hurting, they don't know nothing else, but you just can't have them hurting families, the pain they leave someone last them a life time, its time for the district leaders to do something, get more police in these areas, people ain't going to stand for this very long, they are going to start fighting back, and really its time that they do, god bless have a happy new year
Jan. 1, 2014, 6:47 pm
Moe from Ride or die wyckoff says:
That is mess up I didnt even notice that and im still living there
Jan. 9, 2015, 12:11 am
princess from east harlem says:
Pray for peace, every where.
April 23, 2015, 1:30 pm

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