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Man Jumps to Death Horrifying Shoppers at The Grove



Police tape blocks of the walkway towards parking at The Grove after a man jumped to his death on Sunday evening. (Photo: Peter Sciretta)

As horrified shoppers, diners and moviegoers looked on, a man jumped to his death at The Grove on Sunday evening.

Weho Daily reported the incident live on Twitter immediately after it occurred at 7:30PM.  Initial reports to LAPD said that gunfire may have broken out but soon it became clear that a man had jumped to his death from the parking structure.

The Los Angeles Fire Department reported that the man died in a “fall from approximately 6 story parking structure” but it was unclear what floor the man was on when he jumped.  He landed at the main walkway to the parking structure, near the concierge desk and fountain.

“He took a running jump from the 7th story of the parking lot,” said Weho Daily reader Simona in our comment section. “He just backed up and started running.”

“While going to car on 6 floor I looked over before security stopped me,” Peter Sciretta told Weho Daily from the scene. “White sheet over body now half soaked with blood.”

“I can never go back to The Grove again,” said Allison Dufour. “Watched him fall.”

“I’m here but can’t see anything because of huge crowd,” Kathy Harmening Beall told us immediately following the incident, confirming that someone was indeed down by the concierge.

Reader Lucian Piane was near the scene and heard screams before police and Grove security began moving the crowd away from the area to secure the scene for an investigation.

Fire and rescue workers were on the scene within minutes, but witnesses reported them quickly loading an empty gurney back into their vehicle and leaving.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.  Police were treating the incident as a suicide.

Police sources told the Los Angeles Times that the man was 27 years old and he was at the shopping center with friends.

Several reports from people at the scene praised staff at The Grove for their handling of the incident.  Reports said that they raised the parking gates to allow cars to leave the parking structure quickly without payment or having to deal with parking tickets.

“Thank you to the valet guys who went upstairs to the fifth floor parking garage, found my car, and brought it to us,” said Weho Daily reader Angela (in our comments section below) after the valets saw that her niece was traumatized.

“We are so saddened by the young man’s death tonight,” The Grove said via their official Twitter account. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

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  1. People Paula

    July 1, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    How can those people at the restaurants just sit there chillin with that guy’s body yards away? Creepy.

  2. Shandi

    July 1, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    I was thinking that same thing! There is no way I could continue eating after that! Also where the hell was this guys “friends” when he jumped? So sad.

  3. simona

    July 1, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    SAW it He took a running jump from the 7th story of the parking lot . He just backed up and started running. No one around knew him. There was only a teenage couple which were questioned by police, a older couple from Covina and myself. Than there was a mass exodus and most everyone left the grove at once and the Grove opened up the parking gates to allow everyone to leave for free. Many people dining saw the fall. An 11 yr girl was crying hysterically and had to be consoled by many people even 45 min later. I’ll never forget him, he took a teenie part of my soul with him because I was so close but so far

  4. david

    July 1, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    that’s great that the grove allowed everyone to leave for free. of course they did! and that first comment about where his friends were… of course his friends weren’t there! are you an idiot? don’t u think if this guy had friends there they might have tried and stopped this from happening. and let’s not all worship the grove which is a business and wants to make money. they allowed everyone to leave for free after a committed suicide. of course they should’ve! and those diners still eating… what are they supposed to do? some idiot killed himself. i’d keep eating too.

  5. fran

    July 1, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    I witnessed a teenager jump to his death last year. And the comment that a small piece of you goes with them is so true. I will never forget him. But it does get easier in time to deal with. Talk to people you trust. I left flowers for him and tried to make peace and it helped. I’m so sorry for everyone that had to go through that today.

  6. Angela

    July 2, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    I don’t know who actually saw this guy run and jump, but my 8 yr old niece saw him as he was falling and seeing her face, I turned around just as he hit the ground. We were seated at a table about 10 yards away, if that. When my niece looked up, she saw two guys on the fifth floor looking over and laughing. She is terrified … it took forever to get her to sleep. Thank goodness for the quick thinking of one of the waitresses at the M restraunt … she came over to tell my niece that the guy was alive and doing ok … just a few broken bones … that he fell when playing around. THANK YOU, whoever you are. I just kept trying to cover my niece’s eyes and get us out of there. Thank you to the valet guys who went upstairs to the fifth floor parking garage, found my car, and brought it to us. I had not parked in valet, and they didn’t even know of the fall yet … I simply told them what happened and they saw my niece shaking and still crying. The people at the grove were so wonderful and helpful. At the valet, I saw a well known minister who doesn’t know me, but he came over to pray with my niece and help her calm down. Thank you to Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith. You truly did help Ca…. relax and as we tried to calm her later as she told her parents, I worked with her using some of your words. It was a horrifying experience and I don’t think I will ever forget the slap the body made, Ca….. is having it more rough having seen his face as he fell and then hearing loud slap. Any extra prayers out there for her to feel peace again and to release this experience and images, please send them her way. Peace, blessings and love to all of you who had any interaction with this. Knowing what we went through and we were the first to leave. …. wow. Thank you again to all of you who helped us. And bless this young man’s family and friends.

  7. Angela

    July 2, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    To the people who asked about those “Chillin” I know in the picture it looks like they would know what happened, but even right afterward, people at tables around us had no idea. Had my niece not had watched him fall, and her eyes get really big, I would never have turned around. The loud slap could have been something else … I would never had guessed it was a body hitting the ground if I had not witnessed the impact. Most of the people where we were had no idea what happened and we were less than 10 yards from where he landed. It’s easy to be oblivious when there is so much action around you anyway. Don’t be too harsh … that could be all that they could do at that point.

  8. People Paula

    July 2, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    Angela, you’re right. I wasn’t there. But from this very distant photo, I can clearly see police officers, police tape (which some of the diners are nearly touching), and a white sheet covering a body. Obviously I’m the jerk for assuming this would make dining uncomfortable.

  9. Lynn

    July 2, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    I’m deeply saddened by this story, regardless of the fact that I wasn’t there to witness it. For those who don’t know, if you’ve been affected by this tragedy (or others, for that matter) there are many low or no-fee counseling centers in the LA area where you can go and talk to somebody, regardless of income. Check out Southern California Counseling Center, The LA Gay & Lesbian Center, and The Maple Counseling Center for starters. Many of the centers also see children. Let’s all take care of ourselves and each other.

  10. Mickey

    July 2, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    Angela, I think I saw you leaving the restaurant with your niece as I was there as well. I was horrified for her. I hope that you are able to comfort her and that she can speak to someone who can help her make sense of what she saw. My thoughts and prayers.

  11. Fokol

    July 2, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    People were horrified. A snap shot of a moment does not show the whole picture.

  12. Fokol

    July 2, 2012 at 2:43 AM

    I was there with my family. He fell next to us. It missed hitting my uncle by half a feet. He felt the air. I heard two very loud impacts very close to each other. I saw some thing fell down but I could not believe my eyes when I saw it was a person. You could hear his bones broke. He fell face down and broke his jaw (it was pretty visible) and blood started pouring out. He was dressed nicely which kind of makes you suspicious that he was trying to commit suicide. My kids were horrified. There were two girls crying on the seventh floor that had seen him jump. Don’t know if they were friends. I taught the staff were horrible at handling the situation. I kept yelling at them to call 911 but they would not. I wish no one has to go through this. Cannot sleep ….

  13. Dave

    July 2, 2012 at 6:41 AM

    I didn’t see it happen but I was at the Grove just after and saw the police tape and him under the sheet. I’m sorry this man was so unhappy with life that he felt like suicide was the answer, but to do it in a public place is just awful. The fact that he put other peoples live’s in danger and created such an awful memory for those that saw it (especially the children) is something I’ll never understand!

  14. katehudson

    July 2, 2012 at 6:50 AM

    pathetic, now the grove is going to try to save people by putting up UGLY FUCKING anti suicide barriers. SO FUCKING PATHETIC. should put a sign, if you’re going to jump, do it off the north wall k thx

  15. C

    July 2, 2012 at 7:14 AM

    I couldn’t sleep last night after being there for this. Heading to the parking garage, I pushed through a group of people thinking they were just lazy tourists to see officers standing over a body. I had walked in to a store for less than two minutes or I would have been right there when it happened. A Grove employee instructed us to go around to another exit and we climbed several flights of stairs til we reached the 7th floor where we had parked. We needed to pay for our parking so we had to walk around the sobbing witnesses to the parking kiosk. As the officers interviewed them, a cop radio blared “We’ve got a jumper,” how insensitive! I could just see all of the people shaking, mortified. I couldn’t even react, I was so sick to my stomach, several of the witnesses were young girls about my age, I can’t even imagine. My friend and I were silent trying to get out of the parking structure and as we were exiting we saw the cops putting the man’s body in a bag. The ambulance was right next to us at the light, empty. I will never forget the position if his body and the color of his clothes. I was just horrified thinking that there were young children there as I had just walked through the new grassy knoll area where the little kids were jumping and playing, luckily ignorant to the event.

  16. valeria

    July 2, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    angela, i think i saw you leaving….. the whole thing was horrible. i was dining with my family when i saw something falling from the skies…. and then i screamed and the body hit the ground… my pregnant sister saw it too and now she is shock and she s dur in 2 weeks… the whole thing was horrible, i didnt sleep yet, and im not sure that i will be ok today…… it’s just i dont understand the whole point of doing it in front of all those children and people….

  17. Allison

    July 2, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    This was honestly the worst day of my entire life. We saw him fall past level four and then heard screaming. Didn’t actually realize it was a person for the until we looked down. I called my mom crying my eyes out. It was a horrible thing for him to do it in public, but let’s try and remember that he has a family. We should keep them in our thoughts and prayers. He had to have been in a really dark place, and we’ll never know what that place was. To everyone who was there, stay strong and we’ll make it through.

  18. mark

    July 2, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    What a freaken a-hole! This guy could have killed someone jumping off… If you’re going to kill yourself… Do it with out hurting someone else in the process!

  19. ANON

    July 2, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    It was the SECOND FLOOR. I watched it happen and it was the worst thing I have ever seen.

  20. Sarah

    July 2, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Rev. Michael is my rev! I actually saw him at Agape earlier that day when I was sending my nephew off to summer camp. I am so glad he was there for that little girl. I can only imagine. I live right down the street from the Grove and was there the day before with my 12 year old nephew. So thankful we missed this and I feel deeply for those that did.

  21. Susie

    July 2, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    This is heartbreaking. For children who may have witnessed this, please let them know that you’re ready to talk with them if they want to talk about it. If they have questions, tailor answers to their age and what they can understand — basically it’s the same answer for anyone,really: just as people can get sick in their bodies, they can get sick in their minds, and feel and think things that hurt them.

    Mental illness takes a terrible toll on our society, and the stigma against it has to end. As long as people feel ashamed of being depressed or experiencing other symptoms of mental illness, and don’t seek help, tragedies like these will continue.

  22. Susie

    July 2, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    To the person calling the young man who killed himself an “a-hole” — he was, quite obviously, fatally mentally ill. To judge him as if he’d made a rational decision is both heartless and stupid.

  23. Valerie

    July 2, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Does anyone know his race? I’m afraid I might know him… I’ve tried calling him but I can’t get a hold of him. He’d been very depressed and mentioned being too tired to go on living…

  24. Allison

    July 2, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    @ Valerie He was white, blonde hair.

  25. Nicole

    July 2, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    I was there on the 4th floor and heard what I thought was a car crashing into a wall and then people screaming. There was a beautiful young girl on the 4th floor who saw his body fly by and she was so upset I still feel for her. I could barely sleep last night and keep hearing the sound over and over in my head today. I wish I didn’t look over to see what the commotion was about but I did. I will never forget seeing him and the horror on the people’s faces, especially the children. I am so sad for the people who had to see and hear him land on the ground. Particularly the children who witnessed it. I also feel for his family and friends as well as for him regardless of the fact that I think it was selfish to commit this act in front of other people, I have compassion for the pain and torment he must have been feeling to feel this was a viable option. I am trying my best to channel my energy on sending positive thoughts to all who witnessed it. For all of us that were there let’s do our best to try and not wallow in the tragic horror that was last night. Let’s try to process and release it. For those that have a hard time doing so, especially the children, please make sure to seek out professional help. Post traumatic stress syndrome is a real disorder but can be treated. Life is precious and I’m very thankful for my family and friends.

  26. Dave

    July 2, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Sadly, I understand peoples frustration in wanting to call the victim an a-hole. Yes mental illness is a very sad thing and he was obviously not in his right mind but his decision to end his life at The Grove (in full public view) could lead to mental illness in some of those who were forced to see it happen. Whether he realized it or not he chose to drag people into the hell he was living in and that was very wrong!

  27. Angela

    July 2, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Fokol – I saw you and felt for you. I also saw you yelling to call 911. I am so sorry … we were across the way at the other restaurant. Besides covering my nieces eyes, I saw you with your family and my heart went out to you. Bless you. Please, please get help for yourself and family. I too couldn’t sleep and at 5:30 this morning, took 2 benedryl to just see if it would knock me out a bit … it did for a few hours, but today has been a wasted day. I can’t even begin to imagine what you and your family are going through. I was able to escape quickly. Your family was still sitting there, almost stuck, and in shock, I am sure. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.

    May God be with you and you feel the love and light surrounding you, helping you and your family heal from this. May peace return, and be with you all.

  28. Allison

    July 2, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    @ Nicole. We were the ones on the fourth floor and thats my friend who you saw crying. I don’t think anyone who was there is upset at the man or thinks he’s an “a-hole” for doing it. For those I have talked to, we are just sad about the situation as a whole. I just honestly can’t imagine someone being in that state of mind so dark that he felt the need to do that. Been praying a lot today.

  29. Leslie

    July 2, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    It’s so crazy to me that people are so callous. This was a person. He was every mother’s dream come true. He was very close with his mother, a wildly talented architect and a great person. Think before you speak because if he can do this, i firmly believe that anyone can. This is someone’s child just like yours. I’m still in shock. One of the nicest guys I’ve ever met. Sorry your children are scarred, I’m certain his mother’s life will also never be the same. Be a human. Ask why, educate yourself. Find out what’s wrong with our society that leads people of his magnitude to do something so horrific. Also, let’s ask the important questions: who were his friends, where were his friends? He was not a depressive personality and this is highly uncharacteristic. I personally want the facts and I hope he’s at peace.

  30. Josh

    July 2, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    I don’t understand why he did this either? I hope everyone at the mall, especially the kids, are or will be ok. I am sorry for any pain or lack of sleep you may be having. The man that jumped broke a lot of peoples hearts. His friends and family do not understand this any more than the witnesses. He was a very blessed young man, but for whatever reason his mental stress took over and he committed a horrible act.
    To those that are calling him an a-hole for what he did and to those that are writing comments about he just shouldnt have done this in public, I hope ya’ll try to remember for two seconds that his life may not be that different from yours. Could have been better. I don’t know you but I did know him. I can promise his goal was not to hurt anyone, scare everyone, or even involve anyone. He made a stupid choice, not because of where it was but because of what it was. I hope that nobody you know ever does this stupid act, but in the event that happens, I promise you that the last thought on your mind will be well atleast it was in private and not in public. Your only thought will be my God, my God! what? why? How he could he do this? Were there signs?
    In the case of this man, I don’t have those answers. I wish I did so I could help his family, our family. His death effects a lot of people. Obviously, a lot more than he was considering at that moment he made that horrible decision. Again, I feel awful for all those at the Grove at the moment of the insident. Please do not take litely the ripple effect it will have on his family for a life time especially the ones he was just with moments before.

  31. Angeleno

    July 2, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Leslie- I feel very sad for his Mother, but it is very inappropriate for you to come on here and get upset at people for being angry. What this guy did was totally selfish, to his family and everyone else who will be scarred for life after witnessing that horror. What if he had landed on someone’s child? Please think about what you are saying. I am angry, and I have a right to be angry. It breaks my heart that this guy was in so much pain he chose to take his own life, but he was selfish until the end to do it in such a public place (known for being a family gathering area) in front of children.

  32. Fokol

    July 3, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    Angela – thank you for the kind words and support. It helps us a lot. I feel for everyone who was there. I have been through a bunch of incidents in my life ie. saw pulling a man out of ocean who was drowned at a very young age, escaped from my country at age 15 alone and was chased and shotted at. But I don’t feel they were as traumatic as this for me. We had a very hard day today. We stuck around for about 5 min or so to see if there anything we could do because of the field we are in up to the point that my 7 yr old that witnessed the whole thing could no longer stay there. We left when we heard the sirens.

    My heart broke for the guy and his family. It was very tragic. We cannot get the image and the sound of crash out of our mind. But today I could not help myself not to get angry at the guy. An interesting analogy came to my mind after reading the comments about him being an a…hole. Had he been a person with a gun going on a rampage and subjecting others to danger, would we all judge him the same. Is there a difference between someone who jumps 7 floors into a crowd than someone who goes postal with a gun? It is not easy not to picture what would happened if he landed on others. If you were not within close proximity you would not understand the level of impact and how hard he hit the ground. However, it is very difficult for me to buy the story of suicide. I have had clients attempting suicide. He was not dressed and groomed like a person with depression. He jumped with his sunglasses. I think there is more to the story.

    Leslie and Josh – thank you for your comments. It helps out a lot to understand who he was. There is a lot wrong with our society. People are not the same any more. Unfortunately, our society has become very mean. Our society is probably at fault as much as he is. But that does not give you the right to destroy your life and others including his own family. The recession and the terrorists will not destroy USA but our culture will. I think that is the biggest threat to US. Society is like a child, you feed it back stabbing, meanness, and violence through our tv shows and movies, that is what you end up in society and the results are this.

    Thank g-o-d nothing physically happened to anyone else. I hope his family finds some peace.

    Ps. If anyone knows more about him, please post it. I think it helps.

  33. Paul

    July 3, 2012 at 3:26 AM

    For everyone’s information, this is the 4th suicide off the Groves parking structure. The other 3 were after hours and off the north side of the structure. Actually, this is 4 that I know about. Could very well be more.

    When you think about it, it’s one of the only places to jump to your death in the Hollywood area. Most places aren’t tall enough and those that are don’t have windows that open.

    Thank god this guy didn’t land on someone and take them out as well. Happens all the time with “jumpers”.

  34. Angeleno

    July 3, 2012 at 6:14 AM

    My daughter and I haven’t slept for two days. When she’s not waking me up screaming, I’m waking up in a sweat and out of breath. I Always feel like I can’t get enough oxygen, i’m waking up panting. It’s the sound of him landing that wakes me up and torments me, I hear it all day long. I put loud music in the house and my daughter won’t sleep without the lights on and the TV loud. We wake up every half hour or so. She’s 7 years old and enough to understand. Her Dad (my husband) just died 6 months ago from a heart attack, things were just starting to go back to normal. We had finally stopped crying every day. But now she won’t eat and she won’t talk to me, about anything. She just keeps saying she hears the noise of him landing. I try to be strong and not let her know that I feel the same. I try to talk to her about positive things and plan fun activities but she just lays down all day. She won’t paint or play with her toys and she doesn’t even want her cat near her. I’m not allowed to touch her except when she wakes up screaming, she will let me hold her but then starts kicking and pushing me away. She’s mad. Mad at me for wanting to go to the Grove. We went back to the grief counsellor yesterday and I think I’m going to do daily sessions now. My daughter won’t go to camp and she cries all day long. She says she’s worried I’m going to leave next. She goes from being mad to crying that I’m going to die next. She saw him fall and she keeps saying if only she could have caught him he would be okay. So yes, I am angry. I am sad for this guy’s family and I’m sad for him. But maybe I’m selfish but I’m also sad and mad for what his choices have done to my daughter. She had finally started laughing and playing like old times. She was starting to like life again, we both were. I don’t know what to do and she won’t talk to me.

  35. katie

    July 3, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    @valerie He was white, with red hair. his name is Brian and he was my friend. If you did know him, please tell me what he said before he died, where he was mentally. We are his friends from Houston and we are brokenhearted. kl fulmer google mail

  36. Leslie

    July 3, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    @katie, @josh – do we have any connections to his LA friends, his roommate? I just don’t understand. Suicidal people don’t talk about their goals, they can hardly plan the next hour… Maybe his psi arc friends know about an incident that could have led to depression, but even still, he always rolled with the punches. This just doesn’t add up. If anyone has any insight, please let us know.
    Also, as an aside, everyone keeps asking why he did it in such a public forum. The better question is why he did it AT ALL. And yes it is selfish. The way that a functioning brain processes selfishness. Obviously if you can have thoughts about ending your life your brain isn’t functioning properly. You can’t project your rationale onto an irrational mind.
    And we are heartbroken. Brian wouldn’t do this to his mom, in his right mind he would find this laughable and absurd. I just want answers that we’ll probably never get.

  37. Bridget Goines

    July 3, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    My 7 year old son witness this tragedy. My son was looking over the rail from the third level and saw the young man hit the ground. He began crying and shaking frantically. Again we told him he was okay. So far he has no nightmares. My son told me God has protecting him from having a nightmare about the incident. He says he prays the man is okay. My prayers are with the family and all that witness this tragedy.

  38. Bridget Goines

    July 3, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    .It saddens me to know that some people are so insensitive to the illnesses that others suffer from. This young man obviously suffered from some type mental illness. Or was at low point in his life. Until we walk in another persons shoes we should not judge. My heart aches that my son witness this tragedy. However my heart aches also for his family and friends. Because they are probably asking themselves if there was anything that they could of done to help him before he decided to end his life. Judge not that you be judge.

  39. Anonymous

    July 3, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    I love how friends and family of this guy are coming here to lecture innocent bystanders and vote 1star ratings. This dude’s actions are going to affect a lot of people for a long time. Before you start judging innocent witnesses and blaming society, why don’t you look at yourselves: Where we’re you when this guy needed a friend? So if he jumped and landed on someone, would we be allowed to be mad? Would it be okay then to be upset? Let me know the rules.

  40. Birdie

    July 3, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    I came across a jumper from 9000 Sunset, and if I hadn’t stopped to talk to a neighbor – they could have landed on me. Also, something told me not to walk my bike up the sidewalk but on the street, and when I got past this van, I saw the woman on the sidewalk. This image was such a shock to my subconscious that for about a week, it would just emerge into my consciousness, at any time. I could be talking on the phone over business or sitting down to eat or in the shower, and it would just randomly appear – uninvited. I also developed a real fear of walking under tall buildings. This last for about a year and then I had to go to NYC and I remember looking out of the plane at the skyline in Manhattan and freaking out. Well, it turned out to be good for me – as there were so many tall buildings there that I could not avoid, I just had to let it go. I had to just surrender and trust that I would have an intuition if ever that was going to happen again, and it would be OK. I was OK. The worst part of the whole thing was I was aware of the woman who had killed herself, in spirit, standing outside her now cracked broken body on the street where I walked by. She was aware that she had only succeeded in basically, breaking her body beyond repair and that the result wasn’t what she was thinking it would be. Oh man. What a mistake. Anyway, the subconscious mind will settle down and in about a week, you’ll will start to feel more normal and in control. I got over my fear of people falling on me by…going to NYC.

  41. Anonymous

    July 3, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    To begin, I feel like these forums are here for us to speak our truths. I’m not saying it’s wrong to be angry of course you should be, but don’t vilify a man in anger. Here in America we have no qualms speaking ill of the dead and do so freely behind our computers. That’s my only issue. Speak on your experience but don’t rush to judgment and insults. Ye who is faultless… And it hurts that you call out his friends and family and blame our shortcomings in his death. We are already blaming ourselves we need not be reminded to. This is absolutely tragic and hurtful and we are trying to cope just as you are.
    And, I hate to even address this, but on my phone I can’t give a 5 star rating to save my life, 5s are 3s, 3s are 1s….., I’ve figured this out and will now stop rating but if other people also rate from their phones this could lead to the low ratings.

  42. Dave

    July 3, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    I totally agree with Anonymous. The more I read about how he affected people who witnessed this (especially the children), the madder I get. I know his mom and friends are struggling with this but his decision forces them to try to not only cope with his suicide but how he did it (and I think the latter is going to be harder to overcome). The only thing he could have done worse would have been to open fire on the public before killing himself (like Fokol mentioned). I feel so bad for Angeleno and all the other parents that have to find a way to help their children heal. Brian did a VERY bad thing and while he didn’t “physically” take anybody with him, he may have been successful in taking some “mentally”. An absolute shame!!!

  43. anon

    July 3, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Im just waiting for the tox reports. if he was there w friends- and his friends left the scene- who is to say they werent taking drugs? acid? bath salts… who knows… what a shame

  44. Karla Usagi

    July 3, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Here’s the thing about suicide kids, they don’t care about how it affects others normally. They just want out. they want to be gone. They don’t wanna be here anymore.

    Did he work at the Grove?

    Was he just let go from his job?

    Was he an unsuccessful actor?

    cuz our society values money so much, it is better to be dead than to be live on being poor.

    Doing it this way was a big “FUCK YOU” to The Grove and to the people enjoying their day.

    pretty punk rock way to go, sadly no encore.

    To the families that witnessed this..I am so sorry for you. My heart goes out to you.

    To this guys friends and family…my deepest condolences.
    I wish this guys stuff would let out, so his LA people can atleast shed some light..but who knows.

    Did he go through a bad break up?

    why don’t we have ways to prevent this?

    The Suicide Hotline has helped people, but it can’t save everyone…

    just a thought.

  45. A Friend

    July 3, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    @Karla Usagi

    He was very successful, that was not the issue, And he did not work at The Grove. He was almost done with a masters degree and had job offers lined up to pick from. He was in a good relationship. He had lots of friends. His life to anyone would look great. His friends that were with him were waiting at the movies for him, they thought he had just stepped out for a cigarette…. Which he planned on quitting come graduation. Things a person doesn’t say or plan if they were planning on committing suicide… He seemed happy, and there were no warning signs. Also he was not on anything, drug or otherwise. Clearly this was not a planned event. I know he would never want to hurt anyone, mentally or physically. That is why this is so hard for people that knew him to hear. He was quiet and sweet, kind, funny… I’m sorry for those that had to witness it… I know in his right mind he would never do such a thing…

    I realize that this is bringing a lot of anger and depression to those there but just know it wasn’t meant for you. Clearly something happened in his brain that just flipped a switch. None of this makes any sense, and I know it won’t to the witnesses either. But instead of taking your emotions from that day and channeling them on hating another person, maybe it would be best to get help and focus on yourself. Then maybe we won’t have more incidents like this. I hope that no one has to go through an event like this again. The witnesses, or the person in so much pain they need to end it. Such a waste of life. No reason to waste more of your own hating a person who clearly was in pain.

    We will never know why, but I just know in my heart that he never, ever would wish this hurt upon others. I’m sorry for his actions, but please, take a moment and also be sorry for him. For his family and friends. This was a human being.

  46. C.S.

    July 3, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    I have been checking this page non stop since it happened and reading all the comments. I feel affected by his sad death because I was at the Grove when it happened, but thankfully did not see it happen. The Hollywood Reporter has published his full name but not any other details as to why he would choose to do this. I am praying for peace for all of you who witnessed this and especially for your daughter Angeleno. Your post broke my heart.

  47. Angeleno

    July 3, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    I’m sorry my post was so angry, and I’m sorry if I upset anyone. My daughter and I did not know this man, but like everyone else there on Sunday we were left behind to cope with his terrible choice. Left to try to understand (and forget) everything we saw on Sunday. We were very close to the accident scene, and it was impossible not to see all the fall and everything that happened afterwards. Since his family and friends are now reading/posting here, I will not mention what we saw, but those images and sounds will not be soon forgotten. Reading these stories from all his friends and family actually helps me feel less angry, thank you for your stories. Brian- It’s nice to know his name and to know a little about him. He sounds like he had everything going for him, none of it makes sense. Today my daughter went back to the grief counselor, but they sent us to CHLA to meet with a pediatric psychiatrist who specializes in trauma. Today was a really rough day for my daughter, but I feel better after speaking to the doctors. We now have a treatment plan and will be going back again tomorrow. My parents from my home country are going to come and stay with us for a few weeks, and my daughter really loves her Baba so I hope this will help her open up and share her feelings. I wish I knew what she was thinking or how to help. Anyways, I just wanted to post an update and apologize for being so angry earlier.

  48. John

    July 3, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    I was there with my family and when we got off the elevator on the forth floor and started walking towards our car, we heard a loud “BOOM” like a car crashing. We started walking back towards the balconey to see what had happen and the look on peoples face told the whole story. There was a lady running away from the balconey with her baby it tow looking like she just saw a ghost and then there was that poor young lady screaming, I saw a body, I saw a body, I saw a body… crying uncontrollably and being consoled by my wife. I moved past this scene and over too the balconey, looked over and saw this young man laying on the ground with his soul draining out. It was horrible. My 19 month old daughter felt the enegry of what was happening and tried to look, but luckly the large Dark Knight poster blocked her view and me turning away so she couldn’t see sad sight below. We turned to leave and looked at my wife and she left the young lady she was consoling to see what the fuss was about, she looked over the balconey with a look of shock and two seconds later we were out of there.

    This is something that we’ll never forget. We talked about it all the way home and still talking about it 3 days later. It’s something that plays over and over again through out the day. God bless him, his family and friends and everyone else that was there. This day wasn’t a good day for a lot of us…

    I wonder was it his idea to ask his friends to the movie that day and what was the last movie he was going to see?

  49. Fokol

    July 4, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    Angeleno- I read your post in the morning and have been feeling it for you all day. I am really sorry for what you are going through. Although once I read your post and realized that there are other people wo are going through worst than my family and I are going through helped. When I was in Europe waiting to be approved as a refugee to come to US, there was a older couple that would invite me to their home one once a week for dinner so I would not be alone. Both had lost their entire family including their extended family when they were about 9 or 10 years old at the Nazi Concentration Camps. They were a very normal couple with a heart of gold. The moral is that some times if you think about people who were less fortunate than you may help you get through difficult times.

    I think your daughter is a very very smart kid. I think that she is trying to push things/people who she loves like you and her cat away to protect herself from the taught of losing you. I think it is an excellent idea that your parents are coming. You need to have more support of your family if you can and for them to be around you and give you guys love. That has helped us tremendously in the past few days. Ask her therapist if you should consider getting a puppy for her if you can. Also, if you can create situations that she can help others, it would probably makenher feel better. She needs time. But I would try to get rid of her fears now than let her grow up with them and become mountains that she won’t be able to climb but I would not rush into it though.

    I hope this helps you. Our taughts and prayers are with you and your daughter. Hang in there. Time will make it better.

  50. Danny

    July 4, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    What a shock, does anyone know if there is a memorial page sent up for his family?

  51. Jtsgrl

    July 5, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    I have a cousin who was there with friends. Not sure how much she saw but is pretty upset. From reading all the different posts, I guess I am confused. Someone said they saw people above looking down and laughing. Someone also said he was nicely dressed. Does anyone suspect foul play instead of suicide? Either way, so, so sad and I can’t imagine how awful it has been for all involved!

  52. Clara Flores

    July 5, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    It was my first time there at the Grove and my first day on vacation. I had just walked passed the very same spot he landed just seconds before he landed I heard commotion, screaming, turned and with in micro seconds seen him land. I couldn’t make sense of what happened someone said he was shot. But I think the impact of him landing was what we heard. I play it over and over in my head. I am sad for him and his family and friends. I am also sad that he found it the only way to make whatever was going on in his mind be relief for him. I don’t understand why he choose to do it there and then. I waited to see if friends would come to his aid. But no one did. The staff at the Grove had no training in this and it was obvious. No one called 911. I tried but I was shaking so bad from witnessing that I couldn’t dial. I been following this story while on vacation. Just to make sense of what happened. Reading other witness accounts and of course friends that knew him helps so much. I really hope the friends that were there waiting for him at the movies can write something for us that didn’t know him. I think it will bring closure to this.

    I did witness the entire event until after the paramedics arrived. I want to add that CPR was attempted but obviously way to late. I read other accounts where this has happened before. I really hope that the grove can train their security, and all around to deal with something like this. They did make a good effort to hold people back from walked over the scene but what if he survived but they waited to long to help. You can tell they weren’t trained to deal with this.

    For the little girl who witness this I am saddened to hear that she is still trying to get over her fathers death. Now this. I also didn’t sleep I can only imagine what she is going through. I hope she can find peace soon, and not let this impact her future.

    And for his family and friends I think your thoughts and feeling about him make it better for us to understand. Maybe a picture of him so we can get our only image of him out of our minds. When my uncle died from a tragic accident I never saw his body when he died but I do remember him sitting in my moms kitchen eating and it helps me deal with his passing. I think I’m going to keep following this story for a while. So please feel free to write me on here.

  53. hank banks

    July 6, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    “We needed to pay for our parking so we had to walk around the sobbing witnesses to the parking kiosk. As the officers interviewed them…..”

    A witness is interviewed by detectives.

    “………. trying to get out of the parking structure and as we were exiting we saw the cops putting the man’s body in a bag.”

    County Coroner employees – sure. Paramedics – O.K. Rescue Personnel, Hospital Personnel – maybe. Cops – No.
    Cops don’t move bodies. No way.

    “I had just walked through the new grassy knoll area where the little kids were jumping and playing……”



    grassy knoll

    grassy knoll

    grassy knoll……..

  54. Katie

    July 6, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    To donate to help his family pay for the funeral, please send money via paypal or donate through the listed ways on this site:

  55. Jake

    July 23, 2012 at 3:17 AM

    Really?! You guys feel “bad” for this guy? What if this idiot landed on someone or on a baby stroller? Yes, that’s right, they would have also been dead. It was just by a stroke of luck that this inconsiderate, irresponsible jackass decided to jump somewhere without even caring or looking to see if his decision would affect anyone else’s physical well being. Let’s not forget to mention the emotional scars of everyone who had to witness this and never having these images and feelings removed from their minds.

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