A young finance worker plunged to her death at 3am during a boozy rooftop birthday party in New York’s East Village after trying to cross to a neighboring building, police believe.
Cameron Perrelli, 24, was partying on the roof of a recently-renovated apartment building on Avenue A near the corner of East 12th St when police say she lost her balance and fell down an airway.
She was raced to nearby Bellevue Hospital by first responders but did not survive.
Perrelli’s grief-stricken family said they had heard conflicting accounts of how she died.
‘We got three stories,’ her uncle Michael Perrelli told the New York Daily News.
‘That she was jumping from one building to the next, and we heard that she was walking on an air-condition vent, and then somebody just said she slipped.’
Her father Louis Perrelli told the NY Daily News he was upset to hear of frequent late-night parties in the neighborhood.
‘It’s not like her to be a risk taker,’ Louis told the paper.
‘She was always the designated driver, the good person, the peacemaker. She was an angel.’
Officials say the area had been plagued by weekly late-night parties with large numbers of people that far exceeded safe occupancy levels.
Cameron Perrelli, 24, plunged to her death 3am Saturday down the airway of a building in NYC’s East Village after trying to cross next door, police say
Her uncle Michael Perrelli says family have been told three conflicting accounts of the how Perrelli, left, died
Perrelli’s father Louis, who used to was disturbed to hear about the parties, and described her as mature woman: ‘a peacemaker, an angel’
The building in NYC’s East Village where Perrelli fell from. The area has been plagued by ‘dangerously overcrowded’ and noisy rooftop parties, officials say
Penthouses with roof access in the building rent for $12,000 per month, according to Streeteasy
New York Councilwoman Carlina Rivera said the East Village area near where Perrelli died had been plagued by dangerous late-night parties where revelers would jump from rooftop to rooftop.
She had heard reports that the party early Saturday morning had been party ‘dangerously overcrowded’, and was working on two pieces of legislation to make the city buildings safer.
One would require tenants to sign up to city noise codes and the second will enforce stricter oversight of rooftop use and capacity.
‘This tragedy shows just how dangerous overcrowded or mismanaged rooftop parties have become, and how often they have little to no safety protections or monitoring,’ Rivera told ABC7 New York.
Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer added his support to the new bills.
‘The tragic death of a woman who fell from a roof during a party in the East Village on Saturday is a painful reminder that City Hall and property managers are failing to step up when it comes to rooftop parties.’
Perrelli, originally from Connecticut, completed a degree in business management at the University of Florida, according to her Linkedin account.
She moved to New York City in 2019 to start work at finance company Third Bridge Group.
Perrelli graduated from the University of Florida with a business management degree before moving to New York to work in finance
Perrelli, left, would often be the designated driver on nights out with friends, her family say
Perrelli, left with a close friend, grew up in Connecticut but her ‘heart belonged to New York’, her father Louis said
Family said she was a regular gym goer, had a large social network of close friends, and used to go to New York Rangers and Yankees games with her father.
‘Her heart definitely belonged to New York, that’s for sure,’ her father told the Daily News.
The building where she died, The Topanga at 202 Avenue A, was renovated in 2018 to build 10 new apartments and duplex penthouses.
Several three and four bedroom penthouses with roof access are rented out for $12,000 per month, according to Streeteasy.
Perrelli’s uncle Michael also paid tribute to her in an online post.
‘She was so beautiful in mind body and soul,’ wrote Michael Perrelli.
‘So hard to find logic in a loss of child… She will forever stay in are hearts and minds.
‘I know Cameron would want all of us to stay strong because her determination in life was to be and do the best she could in everything. Rest in piece our angel you will be forever in are hearts.’