CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A witness to a fatal fall from a downtown Charleston roof said Monday at first he thought someone had dropped a bag.
The victim, 21-year-old Thomas Cliff, of West Ashley, died after the fall early Saturday morning at an apartment complex at 363 King Street.
Travers Woodward was standing outside his apartment a little after 3 a.m., just before the deadly accident happened.
"The kid was on this side of the roof. He was attempting to jump back across to this side," Woodward said. He fell and he hit this brick pillar and then landed out here."
Cliff landed on the concrete pavement of the complex.
"At first I thought somebody just dropped a bag because it was real loud and heavy," Woodward said. "But then I realized it was a person, so I was just like, 'some kid just fell off the roof,' so I just pulled my phone out and I called 911."
Cliff died at MUSC.
There is a sign at the apartment complex, warning people to stay off the roof.
"I feel bad for his family, to get a call like that in the morning, last thing you'd ever want to hear about your kid," Woodward said.
In e-mails, Cliff's friends said he had a big heart and would take the shirt off his back to help anyone who needed it.
"Cliff was one of a kind, would give anyone the shirt off his back," said one of Cliff's friends.