Teen, 17, Dies All through Apparent Social Media Stunt on Los Angeles Bridge: Police

A 17-year-old boy fell off certainly one of many sixth Highway Bridge’s arches and died Would possibly 20 whereas attempting to film a social media stunt, authorities acknowledged Tuesday.

Officers from the Los Angeles Police Division (LAPD) responded to the autumn spherical 2 a.m. Saturday, Officer Melissa Podany instructed The Epoch Situations. Paramedics transported the boy to a hospital, the place he was pronounced ineffective.

“[The teen fell] when climbing upon certainly one of many arches, as a approach to publish, apparently, a social media broadcast,” Police Chief Michel Moore acknowledged at Tuesday’s meeting of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners. “He slipped and fell to his lack of life.”

It was unclear which social media platforms was he planning to utilize for the revealed, consistent with the police.

Moore acknowledged that the division has since added further patrols on the placement to cease such “reckless actions.”

{The teenager} was acknowledged as Anthony by his father Paul Luna, KTLA reported.

“He was solely a joker,” Luna instructed the outlet. “For people who met him, who had the prospect to satisfy him, that was the No. 1 issue.”

Luna moreover acknowledged it was unlikely his son was filming for social media, saying his son didn’t care about such consideration, consistent with KTLA.

The sixth Highway Bridge—which connects the Arts District in downtown Los Angeles with the Boyle Heights neighborhood—had been a hotspot for illegal avenue takeovers, avenue racing, TikTok challenges, and graffiti tags following its reopening in July 2022. The LAPD wanted to close it down a variety of cases since then attributable to reoccurring illegal events.

“Tragically we see that location, whereas it has spawned an extreme quantity of satisfaction in Los Angeles, it has moreover sadly served as a backdrop now for tragedies just like this,” Moore acknowledged.

The distinctive bridge was opened in 1932 and was demolished in 2016 over the development’s seismic instability concerns. The well-known native landmark has been featured in fairly a couple of films, films, television reveals, and artworks.