Witness statements released about death of Luke Bresette at Alab - KCTV5

Witness statements released about death of Luke Bresette at Alabama airport

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Witness statements were released to the public for the first time about the death of Luke Bresette, a 10-year-old who died in an Alabama airport (KCTV5) Witness statements were released to the public for the first time about the death of Luke Bresette, a 10-year-old who died in an Alabama airport (KCTV5)
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

Never before released witness statements on the death of a 10-year-old Kansas boy at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport have been made public for the first time.

Almost three years ago, 10-year-old Luke Bresette from Overland Park was killed by a 3,400 pound monitor that fell onto him, his mother Heather and two of his brothers. Luke was the only one who didn’t survive.

Eight statements from TSA security personnel were released on Wednesday and one of those witnesses claims he saw Luke and one of his brothers playing around and hanging from the arrival and departure monitor.

“As I began to exit the men’s room, I heard a loud boom, felt the floor shake and instantly thought ‘was that a bomb?’” said the TSA officer in his statement.

The claim that the boys were hanging from the sign was discredited years ago during the wrongful death lawsuit against the airport contractors, according to the Bresette family attorney, Tim Dollar. He says there were other witnesses who did not see anyone on it when it fell.

“It (the monitor) was unsafe in design and unsafe in implementation and installation because they all intended it to be anchored and they admitted, they just didn’t do it,” said Dollar.

Luke’s father and mother are still coping from his death on that fateful day nearly three years ago.

“It’s day by day. Even though three year is coming up, it’s hard to get up each day knowing that one kid who’s not going to be there,” said Ryan Bresette.

Several of the TSA agents served as first responders to the Bresette family and even accompanied Ryan Bresette and Luke’s older sister to the hospital, sitting with them as they got the news of Luke’s passing. 

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