ST. LOUIS (KMOV) — Heartbreak and confusion is settling in for a Metro East father tonight, after studying his teenage son died after falling from an amusement park experience in Florida.
“Where do I go from here,” stated Yarnell Sampson in tears.
Fourteen-year-old Tyre Sampson, of Berkeley, died Thursday evening after falling off of a free-fall amusement park experience at ICON Park in Orlando, Florida. The incident occurred simply earlier than 11 p.m. A viral video has since surfaced of the tragedy, which has rapidly sparked nationwide consideration.
“My son was a fighter. And he fought all the way till the end,” stated Yarnell. “And I just wish it never happened,”
Yarnell Sampson spoke with News 4 on Friday following the information of his son’s loss of life. Yarnell says Tyre was an eighth grade pupil at a constitution college known as Career Academy. Sampson, who lives in Venice with Tyre’s stepmom, says Tyre lived along with his mom in Berkeley.
“He was a big teddy bear, a gentle giant. He was a good young man,” stated Yarnell. “He had a bright future, honor roll student. ‘Yes sir, yes ma’am’ type of kid.”
Tyre deliberate to attend East St. Louis High School within the fall, however his father additionally says he was contemplating the potential for going to Cardinal Ritter. Wherever he would find yourself selecting, Yarnell says there was little doubt in his thoughts Tyre would ultimately pursue his dream of enjoying professional soccer with the hopes of someday giving again to his household.
“He was 6′5″, 325 [pounds] at 14 years old, playing left tackle, so that’s a prime position. Plus, he had an NFL mentor, so he was definitely on the right path,” stated Yarnell. “And I was going to put him in a blue-chip camp myself this summer.”
“Big Tick” was his nickname amongst household, mates, and teammates.
“He was the next big ticket. He was the next big thing out [of] the Lou,” stated Yarnell, “He was a promising young man, I could not ask for a better son.”
Yarnell says Tyre was in Florida coaching with teammates and coaches by means of the STL Bad Boyz Football Program, a Nationally Ranked youth program primarily based out of St. Louis.
“It also was like a reward for the St. Louis bad boys having a good football team,” stated Sampson. “They almost won nationals, so that was like a reward for them to get a little getaway trip.”
Yarnell says he did not discover out till this morning his son died from falling off an amusement park experience till after watching the viral video. He says he has solely seen it as soon as and refuses to look at it once more.
“That young man [doesn’t] deserve that. He was having fun with his friends,” stated Yarnell.
Yarnell is not solely heartbroken, however he’s additionally upset he was not there to guard his son.
“Somebody has a few answers they need to answer because I definitely got some questions,” stated Yarnell.
He says he needs to know what occurred main as much as the autumn.
“Why was he not properly put in the seating thing right,” stated Yarnell. “Maybe he was too big to get on that ride, or maybe they weren’t doing their job.”
As investigators begin wanting into the theme park experience Tyre bought on, Yarnell hopes somebody is held accountable.
“They could’ve stopped the roller coaster at the top,” he stated. “They could’ve had somebody, EMT paramedics, the fire department could’ve rescued him. They didn’t have to let the young man fall.”
In the meantime, his household and mates are centered on holding Tyre’s reminiscence alive and making certain his loss of life prevents comparable tragedies transferring ahead.
“Only thing I know is my son is in Orlando, Florida right now and I want him home,” stated Sampson. “And we’re going to figure that out, me and my son’s mother, and we’re going to go from there.”
Yarnell added, “Maybe nobody else in the future will have this interview, have to bury their child.”
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