Balloon release planned in honor of teenager who died in free fall – WFTV

ORLANDO, Fla. — A balloon release is scheduled for Monday night in honor of a 14-year-old who died in a free fall in Orlando.

Organizers plan to release red and black balloons at ICON Park at 6 p.m.

Tire Sampson died Thursday night after falling from the Orlando Freefall at ICON Park.

The ride’s parent company is cooperating with the investigation and said the ride was fully functional at the time of the crash.

A makeshift memorial at ICON Park to honor Sampson is growing with flowers, balloons and candles.

Photos: Memorial near FreeFall at ICON Park

One of the messages reads “Gone too soon. Rest easy.

A family attorney said it should never have happened.

Sampson is remembered as a good heart, an outstanding student and a star on the football field.

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It was a tragedy that family attorney Bob Hilliard said could have been avoided.

“I’ve seen a lot of bad behavior from big companies, but this is one of the most egregious,” Hilliard said.

Hilliard said the family shared a video with law enforcement that proves the ride was unsafe.

“It shows that the light under his seat is going out, which shows he’s not secure,” Hilliard said.

Messages written on the ground call for the carousel to be dismantled.

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Hilliard and attorney Ben Crump will sue the ride’s parent company, Sling Shot Group, for negligence and design theory against the manufacturer.

Hilliard said he wouldn’t stop fighting until the Sampsons were closed.

“They want answers for themselves and they want to be sure there won’t be a tire in the future that suffers the same fate,” Hilliard said.

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The Sling Shot Group said the ride was fully functional at the time and is cooperating with investigators to determine what went wrong.

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