The Miami Beach Jewish community was shocked to hear of a horrific tragedy which occurred on Tuesday night / Wednesday morning, when a teenage boy was tragically killed.
16-year-old “Sammy” Yizchak (Samuel Issac) Farkas Z”L, was R”L killed after falling off a 9th floor balcony in what police have confirmed was a tragic accident.
Miami Beach Police Department responded to the La Costa condominium complex at 5333 Collins Ave just before 8:00PM, after receiving reports of a person falling off a balcony at that location.
Miami Beach Police and Fire Rescue units arrived at the scene and found a person laying on the floor in traumatic arrest. He was Niftar on the scene.
A police source confirmed to YWN that Shmuel had arrived home and found his 9th floor apartment door locked with no one home. He proceeded upstairs to the 10th floor neighbor, and asked to come inside. He explained what had happened and went to the balcony to attempt to lower himself down to his balcony below – knowing that he would be able to get into his apartment. Tragically, he fell while trying to lower himself down, and R”L plunged to his death.
Sadly, his ENglish birthday is today, and his Hebrew birthday is this Shabbos.
Police Chaplain Rabbi Mark Rosenberg and Chesed Shel Emes worked for many hours with police and the medical examiner to ensure proper Kavod Hames.
Levaya details will be published when they become available to us.
Boruch Dayan Ha’emmes…
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🙏🏻 LOOK: #Miami #Heat forward Justise Winslow had the message “R.I.P. Sammy Farkas” written on his sneakers for Thursday night’s game against the #BostonCeltics, to honor #Jewish teen Samuel Farkas who died early this week in a tragic accident. Farkas came home to his eighth-floor apartment on Tuesday evening to find his parents weren’t home and he was locked out. Attempting to enter through the balcony, he went to his ninth-floor neighbors to climb down, but fell and died. . . “It’s more just send my condolences to the family, but then to also help spread the message of people not to do it, not to scale balconies,” Winslow said postgame. “It’s something that I read the story, I heard about it. It’s something that I think a lot of people do, especially with the amount of apartments in Miami. . Farkas attended Hebrew Academy in Miami Beach and was to celebrate his 16th birthday on the day he died. . “I wanted him to be with me tonight and the rest of the season,” Winslow said. “I wanted him to be a part of this season, this moment for me. I figured he was probably a Heat fan.” . Wearing Farkas’ name on his sneakers, Winslow had 13 points, seven rebounds and 11 assists in the Heat’s 115-99 win over the Celtics. . “It was good to play for something bigger than myself and bigger than my ball club,” Winslow said. “Just trying to do my job as a leader of this team, get the guys organized, get us playing to our identity, which is tough, physical, aggressive.” @iamjustise #justisewinslow #miamiheat @miamiheat @NBA #nba #RIP
(YWN World Headquarters – YWN)