Who was Cameron Perrelli? Woman, 24, falls to death from packed NYC rooftop party while jumping to next building
'We got three stories — that she was jumping from one building to the next, and we heard that she was walking on an air-condition vent, and then somebody just said she slipped,' her father said
A 24-year-old woman, Cameron Perrelli, working as a client associate at a New York City investment firm reportedly plunged to her death while attending a rooftop birthday party. The incident took place at New York’s East Village, police said on Sunday, May 23.
According to Daily Mail, the incident took place around 3am on Saturday, May 22, during a party on the top of an apartment building on Avenue A near the corner of East 12th St when Cameron tried to cross to an adjacent building and lost her balance near the ledge and fell off. After the accident, she was rushed to Bellevue Hospital but she did not survive. Her shocking death has left her family devastated, who reportedly have heard different accounts of how she died.
Cameron’s father Louis Perrelli said, “It’s not like her to be a risk taker. She’s not one to take those risks. I don’t get it. We don’t really know a lot. We got three stories — that she was jumping from one building to the next, and we heard that she was walking on an air-condition vent, and then somebody just said she slipped. Don’t they have a fence on top of the building? They allow parties?”
Michael Perrelli, Cameron’s uncle, described her as “not the daredevil type”. He also said that she used to drink within limit. He said, “She was living a good life. She wasn’t a big partier. It’s just sad, because that girl just had her whole life starting, you know? She was a good kid. She was a really good kid.”
Who was Cameron Perrelli?
As per her LinkedIn profile, she was working as a client associate at Third Bridge Group Limited in New York. She earned a double degree from the University of Florida — a bachelor of science, advertising degree and business administration and management, general. She moved to New York City in 2019 to work at finance company Third Bridge Group.
Louis stated, “Oh my God, Cameron was an angel. She’s very mature, quiet, lovely. She was perfect.... She was always the designated driver, the good person, the peacemaker. She was an angel — that good.” He also mentioned that Cameron loved to go to the gym and was a follower of hockey since childhood. She also had a nice circle of friends who would visit her on weekends. Though Cameron was basically from Connecticut, she always wanted to be in New York. Her father said she had some attraction towards the city after visiting it with him during business trips. The father-daughter duo also used to go to Rangers and Yankees games together. “Her heart definitely belonged to New York, that’s for sure,” Louis added.
Officials reactions to Cameron Perrelli’s death
Her death has sparked demands for controlled rooftop parties. In the recent past, East Village has gained a lot of notoriety because of weekly late-night parties with large number of attendees that far surpass safe occupancy levels. NYC councilmember Carlina Rivera said, “We are all thinking about the family of the young person who lost their life on Saturday morning. This tragedy shows just how dangerous overcrowded or mismanaged rooftop parties have become, and how often they have little to no safety protections or monitoring.”
She continued, “We will continue to pursue my legislation to ensure agency responses so that these deadly situations do not happen again. But landlords are ultimately responsible for ensuring outdoor spaces are legally and safely accessible, and are not used improperly. If you make the decision to buy a building, you are responsible for the lives of its residents. And these landlords are not living up to that responsibility.”
Manhattan Borough president Gale A Brewer added: “The tragic death of a woman who fell from a roof during a party in the East Village on Saturday is a painful reminder that City Hall and property managers are failing to step up when it comes to rooftop parties. As New York City begins to emerge from the pandemic and people start to gather again, I join my colleague Council Member Carlina Rivera in demanding a Council hearing and a City Hall review of building code enforcement procedures on this issue.”
A probe into the case is in progress.