Boy, 13, falls to death

A 13-YEAR-OLD boy fell from the 10th floor of a Housing Block flat in Bendemeer and died on Wednesday night.

Secondary 2 student Muhammad Aidil Zahid was with a group of friends from a nearby secondary school, Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao reported yesterday.

They had been playing football when he and three others went up Block 24.

He fell from the 10th floor at about 6pm and landed on a platform at the second floor.

Police told My Paper yesterday that a "13-year-old boy was found lying motionless" and pronounced dead by paramedics.

Aidil's mother, who gave her name as Anna, rushed to the scene and broke down when she saw the body.

The 34-year-old housewife said he was a carefree boy who was close to her.

She told Wanbao that he was on probation as he had been involved in a case of theft and had to be home by 6pm. When he did not return by then, she felt that something was wrong.

Residents said they heard boys shouting before the accident occurred.

Madam Lin, 77, who lives on the 10th floor, said she heard agitated fighting among a group of teenagers at the stairs and one of them shouting "tolong tolong", or help in Malay, before a loud thud was heard.

The boy's principal told Wanbao that the school has contacted the family to give support.

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