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Family ‘Crushed' After Woman Dies in Fall From NYC Fire Escape

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A 26-year-old woman whom family describe as a talented make-up artist was found dead early Friday morning after a fall from the fire escape of a Manhattan building, police said.

Residents in the neighborhood say they woke up to screams coming from the victim's friends who had just witnessed the unthinkable.

Officials responded to 911 calls around 12:55 a.m. on East 28th Street in Kips Bay after the woman fell from the building.

Tyler Thorpe, of the Bronx, was pronounced dead at the scene. A medical examiner will determine her cause of death.

Investigators say Thorpe was trying to access the roof from the fire escape when she fell.

"It's just too devastating to me that my grand baby will not be here," Thorpe's grandmother, Annettee Davis, told NBC New York. "For her mom to have to go to the precinct to hear them tell her that this young lady is not coming back has totally crushed us."

Thorpe is the second woman to die after falling off a building in Manhattan in the span of a week.

Almost one week earlier, police said 24-year-old Cameron Perrelli fell from the roof of an East Village building early Saturday. Investigators said she fell while attending a party.

Councilmember Carlina Rivera, who represents the East Village, has said she plans to introduce legislation designed to crack down on unsafe rooftop parties. She tweeted again on Saturday: "I'll continue to call for hearings on rooftop spaces, City agencies’ communication to residents, and best safety practices so that these tragedies end."

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