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24-Year-Old Dies After Trying To Climb New York City Hotel

| by Sheena Vasani
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A 24-year-old man died trying to climb a New York City hotel on Dec. 30.

Police said Connor Cummings and his 18-year-old friend, Dimitri Olivares, tried to climb the Four Seasons Hotel in Manhattan to take photos from on top of the building, the NY Daily News reports.

"As [Cummings and Olivares] climbed in the pouring rain, one of the pair either jumped or fell, plunging nine stories until he landed on one of the lower rooftops of the luxury hotel.”

Olivares reportedly ran away after Cummings fell, but came back to the scene and alerted family and authorities.

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Officials are interviewing Olivares to learn more, although no charges have been filed against him.

Cummings’ family members believe the police are not divulging the full story of what really happened.

“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," his aunt, Kate Gentile, said.

NY Daily News describes Cummings as a "daredevil" and says he may have climbed up a shaft and scaffolding to try to get to the hotel's roof.

“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," she added.

According to Cummings’ Facebook page, he was studying psychology at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He was from Rockaway, New Jersey.

“The safety and security of our guests, patrons and employees is a top priority for us,” Paula Dirks, director of marketing for the Four Seasons Hotel, said in a statement, according to AM NY.

"Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased and we extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to them," she added.

Meanwhile, hotel guests expressed their shock and called the fall “awful.”

"I don't know how he would have gotten out there," hotel guest Kevin Carroll told NY Daily News. "I opened the window in our room this morning, and it only opened a couple of inches ... It's awful."

Sources: NY Daily NewsConnor Cummings/FacebookAM NY / Photo credit: Connor Cummings/Facebook