Man jumps from Murray Hill high-rise to his death on Lexington Avenue
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Police say a man took a fatal jump from a high-rise building in Murray Hill and landed in the middle of Lexington Avenue Monday morning.
By responding to 911 calls just after 6 p.m. 8 on Nov. 29, police and EMS spotted an unnamed man lying unresponsive on the corner of East 33rd Street and Lexington Avenue just outside Windsor Court Apartments. According to police sources, the man appeared to have jumped from the 31-story high-rise and taken his own life.
The macabre scene left many locals shocked and nervous. Azharul, was working on Anita’s Delicatessen when he heard the awful sound of the jumper hitting the road.
“It sounded like a shot,” Azharul said, slamming his hand down on the deli’s counter to indicate the noise. “It was very disturbing. It happened right in front of one of our customers, she saw it all. She was crushed, she was shaking,” Azharul explained.
Officers quickly wrapped the area with crime scene tape and hid the body with a sheet while they investigated. One could see spectators jumping their heads out of the apartment windows and cupping their mouths in dismay as a significant crowd gathered at street level and mumbled to each other.
Megan Siniscalchi lives in Windsor Court and experienced the riot when she went to work.
“This has happened before. We must not get on the roof when the sun goes down, I do not know if it has anything to do with it,” said Siniscalchi, who has lived at the address for a year. “It’s sad,” she added.
Officers at the scene could be observed in measuring the distance from the building and the body.
The man also appeared to have jumped from the complex with a backpack and a bag full of personal belongings. Members of the NYPD and detectives could be seen removing everything from a tablet, a laptop and stacks of paper to medicine, house keys and a surgical mask.
After several hours, the body was removed and the street was reopened.