Described by his family as 'beloved, beautiful, smart, intelligent and sensitive' Marcel Bruchal was in the care of his grandparents at the time of the incident.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on November 3, 2022. It has since been updated.
A young boy who had a passion for astronomy tragically fell from a seventh-floor flat and passed away. Marcel Bruchal, 14, from Newham, East London was in the care of his grandparents at their home when the incident took place. According to LBC, first responders arrived at the scene and found him in cardiac arrest. By the time he reached the hospital, he had passed away.
‘Beautiful’ boy, 14, who loved astronomy fell to his death from 7th floor balcony after looking up to see the stars #NewsBreak(My Condolences To His Family And Friends 🙏🏿) https://t.co/AaxkIeS8OB— Willie Irving Wilson Jr. (@WillieIrvingWi1) August 5, 2022
A statement from the boy's grandmother that was on the record at Poplar Coroner's court on Wednesday (August 3) revealed that the young teen was "very excited" to stay with his grandparents for the first time in a year. That night, the grandmother said that the teen was looking over a balcony "in a weird way" twice before his death. Later, she suddenly heard the screams of a family member. "I heard him shout 'Marcel, no. Marcel, no. Marcel, why?' [He was] next to me shouting and crying but I could not make sense of what he was saying. He grabbed my hand and took me to the balcony. I looked out over the balcony, I did not know what he wanted me to look at. He said something like 'Marcel is laying there'. I saw two people and a car. Then I saw someone laying there.”
The devastated grandmother added, "That evening was a very starry night and there was a comet going past. Maybe he lent out to have a look...We know for sure Marcel did not plan it."
‘Beautiful & kind’ boy, 14, who loved astronomy fell to his death from balcony after looking up to sky to see the stars https://t.co/RXkCgfcvcn— Cengiz Adabag (@adabagcompany) August 4, 2022
No mother should ever have to deal with the grief of losing their child. The teen's heartbroken mother Karolina Bruchal is still grappling with the tragedy. At the time of his passing, she described her son as a sweet and bright boy. Paying tribute to her late son, she wrote on Facebook, "In our lifetime, we never thought we would be in this situation. My worst nightmares never thought I would ever write these words. And I write because we are so lethargic and, helpless because we would like to wake up so much. Cause there are no more tears. Our beloved, beautiful, smart, intelligent, and sensitive Marcelek passed away yesterday... We stayed here .....We love you so much Mimus."
Cover Image Source: Facebook | Karolina Bruchal