A young man fell to his death as he tried to climb Midtown’s Four Seasons Hotel in the pouring rain, allegedly in an effort take pictures.
Connor Cummings, 20, of Rockaway, New Jersey, died after falling nine stories from exterior scaffolding at the 52-story Four Seasons, the New York Daily News reported. He landed on a lower hotel rooftop and died at the scene.
Officials have stated that Cummings was with an 18-year-old friend, who was unharmed, at the time of his death, ABC reported, adding that authorities recovered photography equipment at the scene.
Cummings’ family said he was a photography aficionado, ABC added.
Cops interviewed his 18-year-old counterpart early Thursday and released him, the Daily News stated, also saying that the two were not guests of the hotel.
Cumming’s aunt told ABC that the official explanation of the incident doesn’t make sense.
"We're trying to get answers. They say that he went up the elevator, and then went up a stairway, and then went out on a balcony, but the cops aren't saying exactly what happened. And, I know the medical examiner was up there. I mean, he's a young kid, he's a good kid, they weren't drinking or anything – they were taking a picture," Kate Gentile, the victim's aunt, was quoted by ABC.
The Four Seasons has 52 stories and rises approximately 700 feet above East 57th Street, according to the Daily News.