The city's medical examiner is working to determine whether a man and his young son who plunged from a Manhattan high-rise Sunday died in a murder-suicide. Jon Weinstein filed the following report.
They were at one point a seemingly happy family: Dimitry Kanarikov, his 3-year-old son Kirill and the boy’s mother, Svetlana Bukharina.
In a Facebook post, 35-year-old Kanarikov said being a father and husband was the most important thing to him.
But in the summer, things began to fall apart and police say he made threats against Bukharina.
“They lived in Brooklyn and they separated in August of this year where the woman moved to New Jersey and obtained an order of protection against her husband,” said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
Up until Sunday, police say Kanarikov was only allowed supervised visits with Kirill, but that apparently changed for this particular visit between father and son.
“They met at the 17th precinct at 10 o'clock. The reason the 17th precinct was selected was it was equidistant,” said Kelly.
The handoff of the child was not supervised by police.
It's after the exchange when tragedy struck at a building on the Upper West Side. Kanarikov drove there, parked his car and left his keys.
“He went to building 124 West 60th Street, took the son to the roof and all indications are he threw him off and he jumped himself,” Kelly said.
Bukharina wrote in an emotional blog post, “Thank you all for your kind words and support. This is a terrible tragedy for my as well as for his family. Two mothers lost their sons, except only one of them has a choice in this matter. My son was a very sweet boy, who was very much loved. He had a great life, unfortunately it was too short. Please keep him in your thoughts and kiss your children and loved ones. This is a sad and unnecessary tragedy.”
Kelly says Kanarikov once had an acquaintance who lived in the building on 60th Street. Police say that person no longer lives there. It's still unclear how he gain access to the roof.