A “loving” teenager who plummeted 20 floors to his death from his family’s apartment has been pictured for the first time.
Matthew Pierre, 13, fell from the terrace of his home in a high rise building in Midtown Manhattan, New York, on Monday.
Detectives at the NYPD reportedly believe the young lad intended to take his own life, the New York Post reports.
Cops are understood to have found “cryptic messages” on his computer after he died.
Matthew’s grieving mum, Jeri Snead-Pierre, and his sister, Nyla, were reportedly at home at the time when the schoolboy was found on the ground outside.
He was pronounced dead at the scene at around 7am on Monday morning in Manhattan.
Filmmaker and teacher Ms Snead-Pierre confirmed her son’s tragic death, describing him as her “young King” in a social media post.
The mourning mum penned an emotional tribute to her son, writing on Instagram: “Rest in Power my handsome sweet young King!’
“It is with deep sadness The Pierre family, and the HK community (mourn) the tragic loss of our beloved son Matthew.
“Thank you all who have been supportive, praying and crying with us.
“We love you and appreciate you. We will definitely need you going forward as the road ahead without him will be tough.
“He always was positive and loving. We will NEVER FORGET YOU!”
Police have previously said Matthew was found with injuries consistent with a fall from a great height.
A spokesman told the Daily Mail: “No criminality (is) suspected at this time.”
The 46-storey building is part of Manhattan Plaza, a federally-subsidised housing tower in the Hell’s Kitchen area.
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