NBCChicago.com reports that a child fell through a trash chute on Monday in Chicago and was killed.The male teenager was doing his chores for his family when he fell 46 floors to his death. The building in question has 48 floors in total.
NBCChicago says that witnesses indicate the child who had Downs Syndrome, probably slipped and fell into the garbage chute. The body of the child was later found inside the garbage compactor in the building’s basement.
The the distraught family discussed the tragedy with police and fireman overnight at the site of the fatal accident. Chicago police state that they are looking into circumstances surrounding the accident to determine precisely how the teenager fell to his death. An autopsy is scheduled to be performed.
Officials with the Special Olympics remembered, this young man for his smile, determination and grit. The Chicagotribune.com reports that two time gold medal winner Bart Conner called this teenager “an inspiration to all who knew him. Bart Conner is currently the vice chairman of the Special Olympics board of directors.