Marine Parkers are mourning the loss of 8-year-old Kevin Reilly, who was killed on April 27 while playing outside of his Ryder Street home.
The boy — who neighbors say attended PS 277 in Gerritsen Beach — was playing basketball outside of his home between Avenues U and V when he tried to climb up to the exterior window and a cement flower planter came crashing down, police said.
Emergency responders found Reilly unconscious and unresponsive with trauma to his head, police said. He was transported to Coney Island Hospital where officials pronounced him dead, according to authorities. An investigation is ongoing, police said.
Neighbors and close friends left candles outside Reilly’s home, where the basketball and fallen planter still lay — and plan to gather for a memorial at the Gerritsen ball fields on Gerritsen Avenue on April 28 at 8:30 pm, said a close friend of the family, who asked everyone to respect their privacy at this time.
“Everybody is very devastated right now,” said Jamie Pelicano, who remembered Reilly as a sweet boy.
And other neighbors on the block recalled Reilly and all the children playing outside, said one homeowner, who lives across the street and treated all the youngsters like his own.
“They become like part of my children because I have no children, and I know their parents,” said Charlie, who declined to share his last name. “This is devastating. My heart goes out to her.”
A GoFundMe page was set up for the Reilly family on April 28, which in just one day raised more than $20,000.
Reilly — went by “KJ” according to the page — is survived by his parents and two sisters, and will always be loved and remembered, the page says.
“KJ was an 8-year-old boy who would light up any room he walked into and put a smile on anyone’s face he came into contact with,” it says. “KJ leaves behind his devastated mother and father, as well as his little sister Mia and older sister Kara.”
Memorial for Kevin Reilly at Gerritsen ballfields [Gerritsen Avenue near PS 277 at Bijou Avenue in Gerritsen Beach] April 28 at 8:30 pm.