Young Couple Dies After Falling From Bronx Roof
Investigators Do Not Suspect Suicide
NEW YORK (CBS) ― Police say a young couple died after plummeting six stories from a Bronx rooftop. The intertwined bodies of 21-year-old Michael Rodriguez and 19-year-old Melissa Lopez were found shortly after 5 a.m. Saturday behind a Parkchester building.
Police are unsure why the two fell but don’t believe their deaths were suicides. Investigators don’t know why Rodriguez and Lopez were on the roof of a building where they didn’t live.
“He’s my only son,” cried Jackeline Rodriguez. “I just I don’t know.”
Rodriguez’ mother was in a state of shock, unable to fathom what led to the 6 story plunge from a roof top for her son and his girlfriend.
Candles flickered under photos of the couple who were together for several years. Rodriguez worked as a delivery man while training to be an electrician. Lopez was studying to be a hair stylist.
“She was a wonderful person,” Lopez’ cousin Amanda Zayas said. “She was funny she was smart.”
The couple went clubbing Friday night. For reasons unknown they found their way to a Parkchester roof top – miles away from their homes.
Neighbors say the top of the building is a hang out for young people in the area.
“I see a lot of kids [that] don’t even live here go up on the roof,” said building resident Suman Banik.
Police say they don’t suspect suicide, and there is no evidence they were pushed – a mystery for the medical examiner.
At the crowded sidewalk memorial, Jackeline Rodriguez had this message from one devastated mother to all the young people of the city: “Teenagers stay off the rooftops. Accidents can happen.”