Fall kills man, 24

Monday, April 28, 2014
NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton man fell to his death from a sixth-floor balcony at the Walter Salvo House apartment building early Saturday morning.

Brandon LaFreniere, 24, of 142 Line St., was pronounced dead at Cooley Dickinson Hospital around 3 a.m. after falling from a balcony at the seven-story apartment building at 81 Conz St.

LaFreniere was a 2009 graduate of Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton and was employed as a process technician at Plastipak Packaging Inc., an international plastic bottle manufacturing company with a regional location in East Longmeadow, according to his Facebook page.

The 2013 Easthampton street list indicates LaFreniere lived with his father, Michael, and his older sister, Tiffany.

Officials have not released details about why LaFreniere was at the apartment or what he was doing on the balcony.

Mary Carey, a spokeswoman for the Northwestern district attorney’s office, said Sunday that foul play is not suspected and that the incident remains under investigation by both Northampton police and state police connected to the district attorney’s office.

Northampton police referred questions about the fatality to the district attorney’s office.

At Walter Salvo House Sunday evening, there was no indication of the previous day’s incident and residents didn’t appear to know anything about the circumstances surrounding the fall. Walter Salvo House is a Northampton Housing Authority property for elderly and disabled tenants.