Mourners light a candle Friday in front of the home of Kevin Reilly, 8, who was killed after a flower pot fell on his head in Brooklyn.
The 5-year-old sister of a young Brooklyn boy who was killed by a dislodged flower box witnessed the freak accident, police sources said Friday.
Kevin Reilly, 8, had climbed a metal gate outside the ground-floor windows of his home and grabbed at the 4-foot-long planter before it came crashing down on his head Thursday night.
The boy’s sister Mia was among a group of kids playing outside the family’s Marine Park home when Kevin clambered up the gate to retrieve a basketball that had landed in the flower pot, sources said.
Little Mia was too distraught to speak to detectives Thursday night, sources said.
Police believe Kevin was fetching a basketball from the flower box when it tumbled down on top of his head.
"It’s a terrible accident,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said. “The child climbs up — it looks like to get a basketball from a flower pot — when the flower pot comes down on top of him.”
Kevin’s mother Denise Daskalakis was inside their two-story home when she heard an unusual noise and noticed something was missing from the window, sources said.
Daskalakis rushed outside and discovered Kevin on the ground unconscious, his face and chest crushed under the weight of the flower box, sources said.
Firefighters usher the doomed boy into an ambulance Thursday after the freak accident.
The frantic mother struggled to lift the planter on her own, but an auxiliary cop and a second person rushed to help her extricate her son.
The boy was rushed to Coney Island Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
A sobbing Daskalakis was seen clutching a box of baseball paraphernalia outside the house Friday.
Kevin’s now devastated mother Denise Daskalakis poses for a selfie with the boy in a Facebook photo.
“Please, no,” she told a group of reporters who approached her.
Sources said investigators believe the “husky” boy was either pulling on or hanging from the flower box when it fell on top of him.
Investigators from the Department of Buildings were also probing the fatal mishap.
Reilly’s death has rattled his Brooklyn block.
A GoFundMe page was set up to help Kevin’s devastated family.
The boy leaves behind his mother and father, Mia and 13-year-old sister Kara.
“KJ Reilly was taken way too soon by a freak accident,” the page reads. “KJ was an 8 year old boy who would light up any room he walked into and put a smile on anyone’s face he came into contact with.”
Kevin’s death traumatized children on the block, friends said.
“It’s a very bizarre incident, a freak accident,” friend Jamie Pelicano said.
“We’re hoping the whole community comes together for all the kids. It’s very traumatizing for all the kids. As a human you have a hard time accepting this because it’s children. So we’re just trying to make it as easy and less traumatizing as possible.”