A Bronx teenager who fell from the roof of a six-story apartment building on Thursday while trying to evade police officers died of his injuries at St. Barnabas Hospital on Saturday, the New York Times reports. Seventeen-year-old Hakeem Kuta was born in Ghana and moved to New York a few years ago with his family.

According to the Times, police said a group of teenagers—including Kuta—were smoking marijuana in the lobby of the apartment building at 2685 Valentine Avenue. A man exiting the building complained to police officers, who entered the lobby. From the Times's account:

All but Mr. Kuta and a 14-year-old were able to elude the police. With officers shouting, “please don’t move,” Mr. Kuta tried to step over a short wall at the edge of the building but stumbled, officials said. The 14-year-old grabbed for Mr. Kuta’s vest as he fell, officials said, but he was not able to hang on.

The Police Department said that the officers appeared to have acted appropriately. After Mr. Kuta fell, officers raced from the roof to give first aid, officials said. Officer Maria Imburgia applied chest compressions until paramedics arrived.

The New York Daily News spoke to Kuta's father Munir after he was told his son had died. “It’s not so easy,” Munir said. “He was a nice kid.”

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