Gate to be Taken Down After Boy’s Death

May 7, 2012 Updated: May 7, 2012

NEW YORK—A game youth play where one stays on the rising security gate as long as possible before jumping off ended with the death of 12-year-old Yakim McDaniels on Sunday afternoon in Brownsville, Brooklyn, according to CBS News.

Many residents say there aren’t enough places for children to play, and blamed Omni New York, a management company that put in the gates, along with cameras and other security measures, and takes care of the property, Plaza Residences on Lott Avenue.

The management company agreed to take the gate down “as soon as possible,” reported the New York Post. Omni representatives had spoken with Councilman Charles Barron about the issue earlier in the day.

Omni will pay for the boy’s funeral and may put a basketball court on the property, reported CBS. A spokesperson for the company, according to the Post, pointed out that a community garden is under construction already, and the owners “already pay for summer camp for kids who live in the complex as well as for after-school programs.”

“We extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of Yakim,” she added.

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