What led to Ahmed Altaii a Dearborn, Michigan Spring break teen falling to his death from 7th floor balcony? Cause of death yet to be determined as video emerges.
Ahmed Altaii, 19, of Dearborn, died late Saturday after plummeting from a balcony at the GR Solaris Hotel in Cancun, where he had been staying with his girlfriend. She told responding officers that Altaii had been drinking earlier in the day and witnesses reported ‘that he was nervous’ prior to the fatal fall, the Yucatan Times reported.
Officials were waiting for an autopsy and toxicology report to determine Altaii’s cause of death. It wasn’t clear if the youth had also been consuming cocaine.
Details of what immediately preceded the incident were unclear, but a video purportedly shows Altaii sitting on a balcony before being bumped by another man, the Dearborn Press and Guide reported.
Others on social media have claimed the teen being pushed.
Ahmed Altaii girlfriend: ‘He was the love of my life’.
‘I miss him so much,’ Altaii’s girlfriend, Heidi Newman said. ‘We were so happy. He was the love of my life. I wish he was here right now — we all do.’
Newman said she and Altaii — who was studying business at Henry Ford College in Dearborn — were finishing up their vacation in Mexico when the accident occurred on the seventh floor at about 9 p.m. Saturday. They had been dating for about 18 months after meeting during their first week of classes at the community college, she said.
Altaii, who graduated Fordson High School last year, will be buried in Iraq, where many of his relatives still live.
Friends attending a vigil for the fallen teen Sunday night at Ford Field Park struggled to take Altaii’s loss.
‘It’s very, very heartbreaking,’ Aymen Mustafa told WJBK. ‘I really wish he was here today. He would have made us all have smiles on our faces. A lot of people are shocked that he’s gone, wish he could be with us here today.’
Offered, Mahmoud Darwich, ‘Last time I talked to him was on Sunday. We were at my friend’s house and it really put me at peace that the last things we said to each other were ‘I love you guys.’’
An online fundraiser created to help offset funeral costs for Altaii’s family has as of Monday afternoon, EST raised over $9300.
‘Just to help his family with funeral cost, R.I.P, we all miss and love you. Anything will help, thank you!‘ the campaign page read.