Neighbors of the family going through an awful tragedy of their two boys falling from an apartment building roof in Minneapolis are rallying to raise money in support.
The accidental fall happened Thursday when two brothers, ages 2 and 1, found their way over a concrete barrier and fell from the roof of the Karmel Village apartments in the 2800 block of Pleasant Ave. S.
The boys fell approximately 55 feet, according to Minneapolis police, and landed on a patio. They were rushed to the hospital where the 2-year-old boy died of his injuries, while the younger brother suffered serious injuries but is expected to survive.
The boy who died was identified Friday by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office as Abdiquni Abdi, who died of "multiple blunt force injuries."
A family friend told WCCO that the surviving boy suffered broken ribs, a broken arm and jaw in addition to a fractured skull.
A GoFundMe campaign for the family, started by neighbor Osman Ali Ahmed, describes the brothers as "very innocent souls."
"The family of the children is my neighbor and live next building to my family. I went to the scene and visited the family along with many of my neighbors," says Ahmed.
"As a father of two young sons, neighbor, community member and a human being, this tragedy hit me so hard, and I am raising funds to help with medical cost, funeral, and the burden that comes with this tragedy."
As of Sunday morning, the fundraiser had generated approximately $5,000 of a $50,000 goal.
Minneapolis police spokesperson John Elder said Friday there is "no indication" that the fall was "caused by anything other than the children themselves."
"As a standard protocol, child protection is brought into cases like this and they will be doing a review of what happened," he said, noting that the boys were under the supervision of an adult deemed credible and capable at the time of the accident.