Family, friends mourn Lowell boy kill...

Family, friends mourn Lowell boy killed in fall

There are 98 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Sep 5, 2009, titled Family, friends mourn Lowell boy killed in fall. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

They hugged and cried, and shared stories of 5-year-old Riley Matyczynski. Then they cried some more.

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KAH

AOL

#1 Sep 5, 2009
My Hearfelt sympathies...Suggestions to anyone with small children..close windows if you have to leave a room (I know it's a pain in the butt to do this everytime) or get those motion sensor alarms in case they try to open windows/doors..or "baby safety gates" in windows with the motion alarms...other than that, anything else in windows may draw attn to a small child...and I wholeheartedly agree with the Grandfather saying God must has other plans instead of what could have become...On last note: This may be a good time to become an Advocate to educate families, dwelling owners of these dangers and possibly prevent another tragedy
Grandmother of Riley

Milford, NH

#2 Sep 5, 2009
thank you kah.
as I drive through the cities of Lowell, Dracut, Tyngsboro, Nashua and on...I find myself looking at every multi-story building. And no one has protection on the windows. And I realize, just how big this problem is. And, I think, how many more have to die or become gravely injured before lawmakers force this issue?
As far as becoming an advocate. My husband and I are already thinking on that score. Something has to be done. I don't want another mother to have to go through this. our hearts are breaking. No one should have to bury their 5 year old. No one.
Cousin to Mom and Riley

Lowell, MA

#3 Sep 5, 2009
In reading some of the news blogs on other nes sites.. all I keep reading is Where was the Mom? And why was she not watching him? STOP! PLEASE! All of us who have children have at one point in our lives left the child alone to watch TV for a brief second to do something as simple as use the restroom. It is a tragic thing and we wish this on NO parent. We have a strong amazing family and we will all hold Riley with us forever. He was a perfect little boy! His mom is a Fantastic mother.. she did nothing wrong, NOTHING WRONG!
Thank you to those who have given our family your love,support and sympathy. We truly appreciate everything that you have done to make this time in our lives easier to handle. Acceptance will take a very very long time.
He is with God now! He is with all those in Heaven that will now watch over him and protect him... He is our little Angel.
Cousin to Mom and Riley

Lowell, MA

#4 Sep 5, 2009
In reading some of the news blogs on other nes sites.. all I keep reading is Where was the Mom? And why was she not watching him? STOP! PLEASE! All of us who have children have at one point in our lives left the child alone to watch TV for a brief second to do something as simple (for example) as use the restroom. It is a tragic thing and we wish this on NO parent. We have a strong amazing family and we will all hold Riley with us forever. He was a perfect little boy! His mom is a Fantastic mother.. she did nothing wrong, NOTHING WRONG!
Thank you to those who have given our family your love,support and sympathy. We truly appreciate everything that you have done to make this time in our lives easier to handle. Acceptance will take a very very long time.
He is with God now! He is with all those in Heaven that will now watch over him and protect him... He is our little Angel.
accident

Lowell, MA

#5 Sep 5, 2009
this is truley a tragedy. my prayers are with the family of this precious little boy. i will keep you in my prayers and may your family find strength within each other to carry you through this tragic time
Mom of 2

Dracut, MA

#6 Sep 5, 2009
My heart and soul goes out to the family of this wonderful little boy. I could not imagine having to go through something so tragic as losing a child. I hope and pray that every parent stops and thinks about how in just a moments time something so precious as a child can be gone forever and take the precautions to make sure that it doesn't happen.
This family will forever stay in my thoughts and prayers and I would like to know if there is something set up to make donations to the family and if so where can I donate.
God Bless
sad

Lowell, MA

#7 Sep 5, 2009
That is how eric Clapton's son died- falling out a lower screen window from a highrise building in NYC. Screen in a window is ike a trap for a young kid that thinks it is solid.

Open the window FROM THE TOP; Put the screen on the TOP.

HAPPY TO BE GOING TO SCHOOL, THEN THIS.
safety recommendation

Lowell, MA

#8 Sep 5, 2009
Most of these accidents seem to be with couches pushed up close to the window with the screen on the bottom so atodller can climb and then looks out the window pushing the lower screen
Sally

Lowell, MA

#9 Sep 5, 2009
Parents should do all they can to prevent this type of accident!
sad

United States

#10 Sep 5, 2009
Grandmother of Riley wrote:
thank you kah.
as I drive through the cities of Lowell, Dracut, Tyngsboro, Nashua and on...I find myself looking at every multi-story building. And no one has protection on the windows. And I realize, just how big this problem is. And, I think, how many more have to die or become gravely injured before lawmakers force this issue?
As far as becoming an advocate. My husband and I are already thinking on that score. Something has to be done. I don't want another mother to have to go through this. our hearts are breaking. No one should have to bury their 5 year old. No one.
my thoughts are with you all.
It is simply painful to realize how many children are unprotected from such falls.

in the name of your Riley, let homeowners, landlords and tenants be aware:
window guards must be installed and utilized. No excuses.
Great Aunt and Uncle

AOL

#11 Sep 5, 2009
To our Precious Riley. We will miss you so very much. We will never know why God took you away from us, and Our Hearts will be forever scarred by the hurt of this Tragedy!! You were such a Happy little boy, with such and infectious smile and a lovable personaltiy!! You will be so greatly missed by ALL that knew and Loved you. God Bless you litte one...
For those of you who choose to belittle parents and families in times like this and point fingers of blame, PRAY THAT YOU NEVER ARE FACED WITH THE SAME KIND OF TRAGEDY!!! If life were a crystal ball, things like this would never happen. Life is too short, PLEASE, PLEASE, save your mean and hurtful comments for a different forum. They are not welcome here!! Please help us in Praying for Riley and help his Family and Friends give him a proper memorial!!!
Grandmother of Riley

Milford, NH

#12 Sep 5, 2009
sad wrote:
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my thoughts are with you all.
It is simply painful to realize how many children are unprotected from such falls.
in the name of your Riley, let homeowners, landlords and tenants be aware:
window guards must be installed and utilized. No excuses.
thank you so much. I pray that some good will come of this, and maybe save another child from a similar fate.
Cousin to Child and Mom

Nashua, NH

#13 Sep 5, 2009
THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ERIC CLAPTON'S SON. SO PLEASE TAKE YOUR STUPID COMMENTS AND LEAVE THEM TO YOURSELF.. GO TO SCHOOL AND LIVE YOUR OWN LIFE NO ONE IN OUR FAMILY WANTS YOUR UNWELCOME COMMENTS.. THIS WAS TRULY AN ACCIDENT MY COUSIN ABSOLUTELY LOVES HER CHILDREN AND WOULD IN NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM DO ANY LITTLE THING TO HURT HER CHILDREN...
Cousin to Child and Mom

Nashua, NH

#14 Sep 5, 2009
Sally wrote:
Parents should do all they can to prevent this type of accident!
Not like this was done on purpose.. HELLO what do ALl 5 yr old boys like to do. rough house, jump, wrestle.. if you don't have anything sympathetic for my cousin in her time of loss.. THEN SHUT YOUR MOUTHS AND LEAVE US ALONE!!!!!
Mother To Riley

Lowell, MA

#15 Sep 5, 2009
I just wanna let anyone that thinks that i need to be judged for what happened my son and I were together in the living I stepped into the other room for a minute and he fell. No one is responsible for what happened. I LOVE MY CHILDREN. And the fact that anyone has anything negative to say about it has me DISGUSTED. I hope for your sake you never have to go through something like this. If you ever do you will understand and have nothing but guilt for criticizing me. And THANK YOU to all the others who have been full of support!!
Great Aunt and Uncle

AOL

#20 Sep 5, 2009
Sally wrote:
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SHUT YOUR MOUTH AND DON'T COME ON THIS BOARD IF YOU CAN'T TAKE THE COMMENTS, B!TCH.
UNBELIEVABLE!!! Are you happy with your new 5 Minutes of FAME?? Pray that you never experience a horrible tragedy and have to be on the receiving end of you!!
milford-grandfat her

Milford, NH

#21 Sep 5, 2009
I couldn't begin too tell you how destroyed i am by this loss of my Grandson Riley. You are all right, he is a precious child, brother, cousin, nephew,grandson, Son! How do we move on? I can't stop thinking about Riley, every second is a nigtmare, i see him when i wake, i see him when i sleep, if i sleep. I see him evrytime i hug my daughter, or his brother. It isn't about,( what could we have done different), cause we are just human and really don't think about such things happening. Trust me when i tell you,that in all my yrs i have left, i will never, ever stop thinking about it now. If i could have forseen such a thing, i would have boarded up every window, but i never for one second had a thought like that because you go along everyday thinking, accidents like this just don't happen too you. It did!!!! And we are all paying the price for not having the ability too look at the window's and say, Mmm, i wonder if i should board up the windows, or put up saftey devices. You can bet your life, i will change that for my daughter so her other son, and any other children who come too visit will be safe from this traggedy we now live with every second... I love my grandson, as i do all 7 of my grandchildren. I love my daughter, riley's mom, as i do all 5 of my children, and i will never be the same again. and all you people who like too cast the first stone, be free of guilt before you do, cause it will come back too you 2 fold. Too all the people, friends, family, and strangers who have comforted us with the love, and kindness, and sympathies, we thank you from the bottom of our broken hearts. Grandfather in milford. nh.
patrick s mom

Plymouth, MA

#22 Sep 5, 2009
Mother To Riley wrote:
I just wanna let anyone that thinks that i need to be judged for what happened my son and I were together in the living I stepped into the other room for a minute and he fell. No one is responsible for what happened. I LOVE MY CHILDREN. And the fact that anyone has anything negative to say about it has me DISGUSTED. I hope for your sake you never have to go through something like this. If you ever do you will understand and have nothing but guilt for criticizing me. And THANK YOU to all the others who have been full of support!!
Amen,
We went though the same thing in june. We had a different outcome, but people don't realize how quick something can happen. My other son left the room for a minute to get him something to eat. It was just an accident. We feel guilty and will continue too, eventhough it was just an accident. We are all in counseling, too help us heel. Please know our thoughts are with you, and I cry for you and what your family is going through. I wish I could help.

“Ask, and I Shall Tell”

Since: Mar 08

Lowell

#23 Sep 5, 2009
My Heart, Thoughts and Prayers are with all of you! This is truly a horrible tragedy and my heart breaks for you. Please accept my most sincere condolences. I don't know any of you personally, but if there is anything I can do for any of you, please let me know.:(
The sun will shine brighter than usual because there is a beautiful Angel up there smiling.
Rest in Peace Riley....
Mom of 2

Dracut, MA

#24 Sep 5, 2009
I am seriously sick to my stomach reading all of these comments. What is the world coming to where we take something so tragic and turn it into such negativity. This was clearly an accident nothing more nothing less. This mother has lost one of the most precious gifts that God can give. I hope none of the people making these ridulous comments have kids of their own and if they do I feel extremely sorry for their children.
To the family of Riley God Bless you all with the strength and courage to get through this tough time.

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