Kasey Jones, 26 years old, was drinking with friends on the roof of her apartment building in upper Manhattan, which was something she’d done before — in fact, the week before, she’d posted a picture of her feet dangling off the fire escape on social media. After the gathering was over, she tried to make her way down the fire escape steps to her own apartment around 2:20 a.m. Instead, something went terribly wrong, and the young woman fell to her death.
Jones landed in the courtyard of the building at Vermilyea Ave. near W.207th St, where she lived, and she died at the scene. A neighbor, Ninive Acosta, 55 years old, lives in the building and heard the horrific sound of Jones’ body hitting the ground.
“It sounded like a boom, like a cinder block hitting the ground really hard.”
Jones fell five stories. She frequently posted pictures of herself or of her view from the fire escape on social media and enjoyed hanging out on the fire escape with friends. Jesse Mendez worked for the building’s superintendent and frequently cautioned the group of friends to be careful.
“I feel guilty. It could have been avoided, and they should have listened to me the first time.”
A week ago, Jones posted to Instagram the now-horrifying photo of her legs dangling over the building’s ledge and the fire escape below. She frequently posted similar pictures, so much so that friends expressed their concern about her behavior. One friend had posted a response to a photo just days before Jones’ death that expressed her fears.
“It scares the bejesus outta me whenever you post these ‘casually leaning over the edge’ pics.”
But Jones wasn’t concerned. She replied, “Well, I have a lot of whiskey to help me out.” She had also posted pictures of alcohol on the roof and fire escape with captions like “When in doubt, drink on the rooftop.”
Lifetime resident Frances Guerrerro, 34 years old, spoke of the non-native New Yorker’s death with regret.
“I’m used to climbing the escape, if you don’t know how to manipulate yourself on it, you’re going to fall. She came to New York to live the New York dream. To be here such a short time and go like that, it’s very sad. She liked to drink. Everyone has their vices, and I don’t judge, but I do feel very sad.”
Jones had moved from a small town in Wisconsin in December 2014 and was a barista at a local coffee shop.
[Photo via Instagram/Kasey Jones]