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A teen was locked out of his apartment. Then, a tragic fall from the ninth floor

A teenager who would have celebrated his 16th birthday Wednesday was killed when he fell from the ninth floor while trying to scale the balcony to his apartment below.
A teenager who would have celebrated his 16th birthday Wednesday was killed when he fell from the ninth floor while trying to scale the balcony to his apartment below.

A Miami Beach teenager who was locked out of his apartment fell to his death Tuesday when he lost his grip while trying to scale down to his eighth-floor balcony, Miami Beach police said.

Samuel Isaac Farkas’ 16th birthday would have been Wednesday.

Police said the teen, who lived in Apt. 801 with his parents, tried to climb down onto the apartment’s balcony from Apt. 901 when he fell. He landed in the complex’s mezzanine. Paramedics could not revive him.

The teen’s mother wasn’t home at the time of the death. The accident happened just before 8 p.m. Tuesday at La Costa Condominiums, 5333 Collins Ave.

Samuel’s grieving father posted a message on Facebook Wednesday, expressing the pain he’s suffering with the loss of his son.

“This is unfortunately about my son, the light of my life,” wrote Michael Farkas. “A part of me is gone and will never be back. The anguish and suffering I feel is beyond words. He was a special kid with tremendous love and happiness and I will miss him every second the rest of my life.”

Miami Beach Police Spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez said there was no foul play suspected in Samuel’s death.

“It’s just a very unfortunate tragedy,” he said.

The accident happened just before 8 p.m. Tuesday at La Costa Condominiums at 5333 Collins Ave.

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