Boys Makes Plastic Parachute, Jumps From Roof And Dies

A friend says a 9-year-old New York City boy might have been imitating a video game character when he apparently made a plastic parachute and jumped to his death from his apartment building's roof.

Police say Domori Miles likely cobbled a plastic bag and rope together before flying off the 13-story Brooklyn building Tuesday. The items were found on the ground near his body.

Ten-year-old friend Shakar Murrel says Domori was a fan of the wrestling game "WWE SmackDown vs. Raw" and loved wrestler Jeff Hardy's swan dives.

Stamford, Conn.-based World Wrestling Entertainment expresses sympathy but calls for "a full investigation ... before conclusions are made." It says no "SmackDown vs. Raw" characters jump off buildings or use parachutes.


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  • by Anonymous on Apr 21, 2009 at 12:54 AM
    oh on Apr 19, 2009 at 09:30 AM: I know a family that thinks they screen what their kids watch but I say to you that the only way to do this is to take the power cord of the TV when you are not in the room. voter Location: nc on Apr 18, 2009 at 05:40 PM: I'm glad you show such compassion for child's death, good job. And to the rest of the people that seem to want to bash the parents, you know nothing of this family's grief. You don't think they are asking themselves the same thing? How could this have happened? Why the roof wasn't locked like it should have been? If there was someone watching the child while both parents were working to support their family properly instead of dealing drugs? Ho quickly people look to talk down to people involved in such tragedy instead of keeping the families in their prayers.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 20, 2009 at 11:53 AM
    they need to check him for drugs
  • by Tim Location: Vanceboro on Apr 20, 2009 at 07:21 AM
    Dont blame the video game too much, Sadly, I did this same thing off of our garage at about the same age (What an idiot!, he and I!) but I did it because I had a GI Joe who could pull it off with a sandwich bag parachute so i thought I could use a trash bag. WRONG, first mistake, other than youthful stupidity, was GI Joe and myself both used cotton twine, so I not even sure would the trash bag would have even worked because the string broke the minute it opened up! I am 46, amazingly after stunts like this, and remember it like it was yesterday.
  • by J Location: Gville on Apr 20, 2009 at 06:28 AM
    I seriously hope that they aren't going to blame wrestling for this. Um..if you use video games as a babysitter, then sometimes this is what happens. I hate it for the child but its true.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Apr 19, 2009 at 06:05 PM
    Don't bring watching WWE into this , I have watched wrestling for over 25 years. I have never been dumb enuff to try the stuff they show. Don't get me wrong, done my share of crazy stuff. But get real, jumping off as 13 story building is plain dumb, no matter what you're watching.
  • by get real on Apr 19, 2009 at 11:12 AM
    it only takes seconds for a kid to decide to do something stupid or dangerous. you cant have them tied to your body at all times to make sure they are safe. trust me, ive thought of it. i tend to my children too, but i let them watch tv at five am when i am not ready to get up. they watch pbs kids, hopefully they dont get any terrible ideas. i didnt watch tv much as a kid growing up, but i saw the circus and wanted to walk the tight rope--of course i busted when i was trying to walk across the top of the swingset. kids are kids, they get dumb ideas, yours might too, even if youre not 'passed out' on the couch, so dont be too hard on the parents till you know the full facts!
  • by Gamer Location: Vanceboro on Apr 19, 2009 at 07:34 AM
    1. How did that kid have access to the roof of a 13th story building? They dont keep those doors locked? 2. I dont recall Jeff Hardy doing a swan dive with a parachute. 3. I believe they both know what they were doing and the first thing he thought of was to blame something else.
  • by oh on Apr 19, 2009 at 06:30 AM
    this is so awful! its true you cant watch your children every minute, but you can screen what THEY watch, and if you see something dangerous, you should explain that its very dangerous.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Apr 19, 2009 at 06:16 AM
    Could only happen in New York!
  • by hope Location: NC on Apr 19, 2009 at 06:15 AM
    Flyer, good point. We too did stupid things like that growing up. Kids will be kids. We all live by Gods grace. My condolences to the family.
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