Fire and Suicide in Prospect Park

03/06/2012 10:45 AM |

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It’s been a bad couple of days for Prospect Park. Last week, teenagers set a fire in a wilderness area called Rocky Pass, which connects the Long Meadow (at Dog Beach) to the Nethermead, the blog A Walk in the Park reported. And then yesterday morning, the body of a man was discovered hanging from a tree in the Long Meadow, the Park Slope Patch reports.

The fire was witnessed by a birdwatcher, who saw kids fleeing the scene laughing before smoke and flames rose from the underbrush. Employees of the Prospect Park Alliance arrived within minutes, followed by police, who were able to control the blaze with fire extinguishers before the fire department arrived, and before it spread through surrounding woodlands. The area is a wildlife habitat for several species of bird, including the red-tail hawk. It’s also where young people hold drinking parties in the summer.

Police said the hanging man, whom a park goer discovered around 7 a.m., was in his early 30s, and had apparently committed suicide. It’s not unheard of for people, especially the homeless, to commit suicide within Brooklyn parks.

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5 Comment

  • Perhaps they should change the name of the paper to the Psychic Daily News, because that article is from 2009.

  • The man wasn’t homeless…that’s a weird thing to “report”…

  • True.

    Also want to note mistake deleted by H. Stewart, thus my first comment no longer makes sense.

  • I thought it was relevant to mention in a story about a man who hung himself in a Brooklyn park that several people had recently hung themselves in Brooklyn parks.

    Thanks for pointing out that mistake this morning, yo yo pa.

  • This is the mother of the young man that was found hanging. I’m so sorry for the man who found our son, that is something you’ll never forget. He was a great kid (24 years of age ) just graduated from u of Chicago taught himself to play classical piano. Never was in any trouble, never used drugs he did smoke pot on occasion. No one knows why, there was no warning nor a note. He loved living in Brooklyn and a great job on Wall Street. And we will miss him forever. Thanks for all who cared