Teenager dies after falling from roof of school building during game

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DENVER -- A teenager was critically injured and later died after participating in a dangerous game with friends in southeast Denver late Friday night.

Police were called to Denver Academy on East Iliff Avenue near South Colorado Boulevard around 8:15 p.m. Friday after a teen boy fell from the private school’s roof.

The mother of a boy who was with the teen said the victim is 17 years old and just started classes at Arapahoe Community College.

According to the friend, a group was playing the game capture the flag on the roof, jumping from building to building.

During one jump, the victim misjudged in the dark how far the ledge on the next building was and plummeted two stories, hitting his head in the fall.

“We received a phone call from the victim's friend who had reported that his friend had a fall and had hurt himself,” Denver police spokesman John White said.

Police were back at the scene Saturday still investigating the fall and the circumstance surrounding it, though they said they do not suspect foul play and that it was a terrible accident.

On Saturday night, police confirmed the boy died from his injuries.

Police said the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner will release the identity of the victim and classified the incident as accidental.

None of the boys involved attend Denver Academy. School administrators said they are cooperating with police at this time. ​

GoFundMe page has been established to help the family.

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