A metal gate attached over the opening of the store fell on a three-year old girl.

Police said the metal frame and security gate that came crashing down weighed 2,000 pounds.

Phillly.com reports:

“It seemed like it was moving in slow motion,” said an onlooker who heard the noise and thought at first that, miraculously, no one had been hurt, even though the heavy gate came down amid dozens who had gathered at the shop in the 2800 block of Girard Avenue.

But then, the screaming began and just as quickly, the man, who asked that his name not be used, and about 25 others were lifting the gate off the girl, holding it up for more than 20 minutes.

“You could see the imprint on her face,” the man said. “I was lifting the gate and I’m looking down at the girl. Clearly she was unconscious. Her eyes were open and there was blood.”

The girl was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead about 5 p.m., police said.

Police said the incident, which was being investigated by the police Central Detective Division, occurred about a half-hour earlier.

The onlooker is a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, which was holding a fund-raiser for scholarships and its other charitable causes in tandem with the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

The girl’s mother, a member of the sorority, was there to help with the fund-raiser. “She was screaming,” he said.

The two groups, which are the first Greek-lettered groups to be founded on the campuses of historically black colleges, were involved in a friendly rivalry over which one could sell the most water ice and raise the most money for their charities.

Franchise owner Kenneth Jackson is a member of Omega Psi Phi, which decorated its side of the stand with balloons in the fraternity’s trademark colors of purple and gold.

Fellow franchise owner Rebecca Cooper Jackson belongs to Alpha Kappa Alpha, which hung balloons in its colors, pink and green, on the other side.

The business has been ordered to stay closed until the security gate can be repaired.

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3 thoughts on “Toddler Killed By Falling Gate In Philadelphia

  1. I’m going to go out on a limb and classify this as black n black crime. Let me explain…;if our peeps didn’t have a proclivity to steal anything that isn’t bolted down, there would be no need for these gates. Look at businesses in white neighborhoods, no gates, iron bars, or electric fences. Are you feeling it?

    • It never surprises me when someone says something cold and heartless. A little girl is dead because of the negligence of whomever was responsible for making sure the gate was secure didn’t do their job! @ Jiggy5 you’re a tool if you can bring race into this and say something as dumb as saying it’s a black on black crime. Get yo life!

  2. Linda on said:

    Once again L & I has some explaining to do as to why this gate was not inspected upon its installation.

    My heart goes out to Wynter Larkin’s parent’s.

    Wynter was a cute little three yr old from the newspaper pics I have seen–may she RIP!

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