Teen and Man Found Dead on NYCHA Rooftops

Police are investigating the deaths of a Bedford-Stuyvesant teen and a 59-year-old man whose bodies are linked to two separate public housing rooftops.

On Tuesday evening, Dec. 19, at the Marlboro Houses in Gravesend, police responded to a burglary on the seventh floor of the Avenue V building. When the officers investigated, they realized no burglary had actually taken place; instead, they found the body of a 59-year-old man, who possibly fell from the roof, police said.

The unidentified man — whose name was not released pending family notification — was taken to Coney Island Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The city’s medical examiner will determine the cause of death as the police continue their investigation.

Across the borough, a pair of police officers were conducting a vertical patrol inside the Brevoort Houses on Bainbridge Street when they found the body of 18-year-old Ihuoma Uchanma on the roof.

Emergency personnel pronounced Uchanma dead on the scene. The teen wasn’t a resident of the public housing development, but lived nearby on Ralph Avenue, police said.

Police said the city’s medical examiner will determine the cause of death, but on Wednesday had deemed the ongoing investigation as a homicide.

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