Somebody Falls Off Roof of Park Place Apartments above Petworth Metro

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Got a terrible email last night around 2:30am saying, “somebody fell off the roof of the Park Place building into the alley. Dead on the spot. Cops showed up within a minute or so. Have no idea what happened.”

I have confirmed the incident with building management. At the moment it is not clear if this was intentional or an accident. MPD writes:

“the 4th District received a radio run for an unconscious male in the rear of 850 Quincy St – upon arrival they found an adult male deceased… at this time our Violent Crimes Branch is investigating the cause of death (undetermined at this time) and further release of information is forthcoming.”

UPDATE MPD Press Release at 5:15pm

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating an undetermined death which occurred in the 3700 block of Georgia Avenue, NW.

On Saturday, August 28, 2010, shortly before 2:00 am, Officers from the Fourth District responded to the rear alley of the 3700 block of Georgia Avenue, NW, where they found a man, later identified as 22 year-old Eric Right of Salt Lake City, Utah, lying on the ground unresponsive. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel responded and found no signs consistent with life and Mr. Right was subsequently pronounced dead.

The decedent’s remains were transported to the DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsy and at this time the cause of death is undetermined.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call police at (202) 727-9099 or

1-888-919-CRIME (1-888-919-2746). The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia.

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  • Oh wow…this reminds me of the guy who jumped in Rosslyn a month or two ago.

    • Its nothing like that. The poor guy was laying at the foot of my apartment. There seemed to be some people partying on the roof and they were really drunk. I think it was probably an accident the guy likely fell. Very shaken by the whole thing and very sad. The worst thing is that it might have been prevented…people had complained earlier in the week about the partying on the roof.

      • I’m also a Park Place resident and heard all the noise last night, but had no idea what had happened. That’s really horrible.

        How does one fall off the roof of the building? The railing is quite high. It would be especially hard to do that on your own by accident.

  • who has access to the roof? Just residents? Or can others (without a guest escort) get up there too without much difficulty?

    • Its just residents or their guests. Or at least that’s what its supposed to be. Pretty sure he lived here though, the building is full of kids from University of Utah and BYU.

  • This young man, from Utah, was my son’s best friend…it is a real tragedy. He was an amazing young man. His close friends here in Utah are grieving terribly. If anyone has more information please post it. These kids are in shock.

    • We are. Eric “EZ” Wright is being mourned by hundreds of friends in Salt Lake City right now. His presence in our lives, the way he treated strangers and friends, and the LOVE he perpetuated will not be lost on any of us. EZ’s influence in all of our lives will only grow with every memory of him that replays in our minds.

      Talented. Caring. Giving. Illuminating. Positive. Loving. Unselfish. Driven. Hilarious. Smart. Fun. Always with a smile. Always with a laugh. Always letting any negativity slip right past his shoulders. Always ready to forgive. Always greeted me with a hug.

      I lost a brother. A friend. Someone I, and everyone else, could always count on.

      …so broken up by this. It is so sad.

  • His name is spelled Eric Wright.

  • And he was 23… his 24th birthday is next week

  • Accident? Apparently alcohol induced, no doubt

  • Eric Wright was an amazing human being and it will be hard to recover from his loss 🙁

  • Eric (Easy) had the whole world ahead of him. From the Mother’s Club at the Pike fraternity in Salt Lake City I’m devasted. Eric was an amazing person and I cannot imagine note being able to share his life with us. I am so grateful as a mother, friend and supporpr to have spent such special time with him.
    Everyone I know will miss him dearly

  • Eric EZ will be missed. greatly by his brothers and friends. he will always be loved. we love you.

  • My sympathies to Eric’s family and friends.

  • Ive know Eric since 7th grade. He was one of the first people to come and say hi when i joined my new school. He was a great person. Not only emotionally, but in every sense of the word. He will be extremely missed by everyone who he met. I pray that his mom and dad will have all the strength in this tough time. Love ya buddy. We’ll ALL miss you.

  • Eric was such an amazing person. I first met him as a golf instructor when my friends and I decided to call him “Frederick”. We had many conversations when he was working and I enjoyed seeing him on campus. So energetic. You will be missed, Eric.

  • There is something not right about this. Jumping from the roof and the balconies, no matter how intoxicated someone gets just doesn’t make sense. He was also laying right below my balcony and that area of the roof is restricted and locked off to the public as it is where the maintance area is. I think there is also a net there for the worker’s safety. Another thing that bothers me is there was no one there either in the lobby or with the cops the whole time freaking out about anything or being hysterical (as anyone at the party or fellow students that knew him would and should be). He was alone. He was wearing a sweater and no shoes and there was broken glass on the ground. It just doesn’t make sense that he came from the roof. The apartments should be checked in the 8’s, 10’s and 12’s on each floor. The whole thing doesn’t make sense and needs to be really looked into. The security cameras on the roof and in the lobby need to be run and reviewed as well as all the students in the building. I feel really horrible about the whole thing and my heart is with his family and friends.

    • The last time I was on the roof a week or so ago, I believe the gate to the maintenance area was open, locked open as a matter of fact. Not saying they shouldn’t look into it more, but he could have gotten over there without any trouble.

    • I am a (morbidly, perhaps) curious person and was up on the roof yesterday because I was curious about where one would have been on the roof to land where he was and it wasn’t the restricted area. Assuming it was a straight “fall” he would have gone off the roof a bit before the blocked off area where you would access the ladder to reach the terraces.

      I’m not sure what about it bothers me the most. Falling from the roof seems bizarrely improbable, but what do I know. I’m a bit surprised that I even know it happened. I happened to wake up and wander out on my balcony and it took a few minutes to figure out why there were so many cops looming about. I also think it’s interesting that I didn’t see anything about it in the Washington Post and that this blog seems to be the only place that mentioned it. So strange.

      In any case, it’s very tragic and sad and my heart goes out to his friends and family.

    • Hi.. Would you be willing to chat with me via email or phone?

  • I’m numb with disbelief!
    Eric was one of a kind…Kind hearted, friendly, his smile lit up the room! He had a huge effect on me… I always enjoyed his presence, He made me a better person.
    It’s a sad day for us all!!!
    My heart goes out to his family!
    God’s speed my friend!!!
    I miss you!

  • EZ was a man who I looked up to, he was a kind and caring person who always had a positive look on the world. I can’t believe something like this could happen to a man who had the whole world in front of him and who had a lifetime of success ahead of him.

    EZ was a member of my fraternity and touched the lives of every person he met. There are so many people that are broken up and shocked about his death that its surreal. I just can’t help but ask, why and how did this happen? It just makes me sick to think, that no one knows how it happened.

  • ? the Breaking News blog indicates this was a stabbing, not a fall ?

    I’m very sorry to see this happened. My sympathy to his family and friends.

    Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 08/29/2010
    D.C. Police probe stabbing in NE alley
    Police are investigating the death of a Utah man who was found unresponsive in an alley in northeast Washington.

    Police say the man was found Saturday shortly before 2 a.m. Police identified him as 22 year-old Eric Right of Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Right was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. The cause of his death is undetermined.

    Police are asking anyone with information to call them at (202) 727-9099. The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia.

    –Associated Press

    • weird that the AP headline calls it a stabbing but says the cause of death is undetermined…and that it’s listed as NE.

  • I found an article about the incident here:

    My condolences to the family and friends of Eric.

  • The Salt Lake Trib, and the boy’s family, is calling it an accident. The Post has since pulled down their story. Needless to say, what The Trib is reporting is more or less consistent with what I witnessed but not quite consistent with what officers told me (but all seem to agree there was no foul play involved). For the sake of the family and his friends, I think it best to keep those details private. My heart goes out to them all and for the sake of the community, I thought it important to let folks know that there doesn’t seem to be anything criminal that occurred.

  • My boyfriend’s roommate witnessed his fall when he was on his balcony talking on the phone with a friend. We were awakened by his screaming calling 911. When the cops came over they said there was no foul play. It was so terrifying and awful. What was saddest is not understanding how long it took police to get there, and no signs of an ambulance. We felt completely helpless and hopeless. My condolences to this poor family. We are grieving too.

  • He was by far one of the most uniquely wonderful people I have ever met, his smile is something I could never forget. My heart goes out to his family. EZ you will be greatly missed!

  • My prayers and thoughts go out to the family. EZ was a close family friend and always brightened the day. May he rest in peace with our dearest friend Thayne.

  • News story with video:

    My condolences.

  • Wright was a leader of a U frat before he graduated last spring. This same frat had alcohol privileges taken away last fall for drunken partying on the frat house roof.

    These young kids don’t seem to understand the dangers of such behavior until there’s a tragedy.

    • please have some respect for eric and his friends and family

    • Why would you post something like that. Who cares…the fact is that the young man died. His family is suffering. Have respect for this tragedy.

      • How can you “have respect” for this tragedy? It’s not a respectful situation.

        I posted it because it’s TRUE. Maybe someone can learn from the sad truth. Maybe someone can be SAVED if we stop pretending this was something it wasn’t. YES it’s sad and tragic and awful. And maybe it could have been prevented had SOMEONE at the U or at the frat house or the apartment complex had the balls to stand up and say, “You know, maybe getting drunk and partying ON ROOVES isn’t such a great idea.”

        How about we encourage common sense among young adults rather than stick our heads in the sand and glorify situations where people are foolishly harmed.

        I’m sure he was a charming guy and I know he could have had a great future. But he also made some really bad choices more than once. He wasn’t invincible. His friends who are still alive can still figure this out if we stop pretending.

        Layla, I agree. And it’s probably missing because his dad is a media guy and he doesn’t want the info public. Hope that’s wrong.

        • Dear Ute Fan-

          I am not writing here to have any sort of debate with you. I just ask you this: Have you ever lost a son or brother? If this was your son or brother who died at such a young age and so suddenly- would you be focusing on speculations and trying to use this opportunity as a “teaching moment” for “these young adults”? I think the loss in itself is traumatic enough for everyone who knew him and it goes with out saying. It just seems like an insensitive time to try to teach someone a lesson.

          What I meant by disrespectful is how you were using his last name to describe him as if this was some news report- and assuming you knew what happened- and this follow up response- even more insensitive- Nobody is covering anything up for “media reasons”… Caring about what others think is the FURTHEST thing from their minds right now. They are just feeling pain and sorrow- Nothing else matters. Obviously you don’t know Eric or his family and what happened that night. I do- I am a close friend and have been grieving with this amazing family this week- I have seem them suffer and cry out in pain for their loss. Words can’t describe the feeling of loosing a son or brother.

          Let me tell you about Eric-He was an amazing person who lit up the room just by walking into it and was always making us laugh. He was a loyal friend and brother and he will be missed by many.

          Have some reverence for this time is all I am saying.

          Layla thank you for your prayers.

          • cici, this is a report of news. It’s a blog, not a funeral. And it’s not the Wright’s home.

            To answer your questions, yes on both counts. Situations like this have the greatest chance for real influence–particularly on the young.

            Whether or not Eric was funny and charming doesn’t change the fact that his death was unnecessary. Have YOU lost a family member in an accident? Our family has lost four this way. It’s not only sad and tragic but preventable and avoidable — and therefore doubly difficult to live with. The ONLY saving grace is IF we learn from it to save someone else.

            Eric was a VP of Pi Kappa when they lost alcohol privileges. The pikes are due for revue in a few weeks. Will THIS finally get through to them so they can avert further tragedy and danger??? If this event saves others then Eric’s death will actually take on one tiny bit of goodness and meaning instead of being a stupid waste.

  • I don’t think it is disrespectful to question or discuss how this happened. Especially since this is a blog about the happenings in the neighborhood. This is so scary and so tragic, but there is no denying something is missing from the story. The police say no foul play? It all seems too strange. I will pray so very hard for his family.

  • 123.. Is there anyway you would talk to me over the phone?

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