TYRE Sampson's father has shared the chilling way he learned about his son's death, as the family who put the boy on the fatal ride breaks their silence.
Yarnell Sampson said his son's death feels like a nightmare.
Sampson, speaking to WESH 2, called his son "charismatic."
"I wish I was there to tell him I love him. That I’m sorry. For him to lose his life. So young, and I wish it was me," Yarnell Sampson said.
"I want to know what happened to my son. I want to know why my son is in a white bag, having to get shipped back home. He walked there.
"Why he can’t walk back? I want answers from everybody. Who all was involved in that?"
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Yarnell told WESH 2 he learned of his son's death by viewing the video of the incident at ICON Park, in which Tyre can be seen slipping out of a ride and falling to the ground.
"It felt like somebody hit me so hard in my stomach. I just lost, I lost, lost wind.
"And the pain behind it could never be taken away, and sorry's not gonna take it back and no monies, no nothing in the world to replace the young man.
"And it's just sad, a young man's bright future was taken away from him over a ride, an amusement park," Yarnell Sampson said.
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Meanwhile, the family that took Tyre to ICON Park on that fateful night has spoken out for the first time since the incident.
Speaking to FOX5 New York, family friend Dior Moore described Tyre as being "like a brother."
"Even though it wasn’t my brother, it still feels that way. I still experienced it that way. That experience, that’s never going to go away. You know what I’m saying? It’s so heartbreaking,"
Dior's brother was sitting next to Tyre on the ride.
The girl's mother, Kelly Ross, was on Facetime with Dior when the incident occurred.
From her angle, Kelly says it didn't seem as though Tyre was unable to fit into the ride's seat.
"The operators didn’t say that ‘no, we think this is going to be a problem.’ They didn’t question anything. He tapped on it, and I thought that it was okay," she told FOX5.
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Kelly told the outlet she feels guilty over bringing Tyre on the trip and has a message to share with other parents.
"Check, be safe, feel okay and comfortable with the situation."
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