Vigil to be held for teen who dies after falling from scaffolding at Nashville work site

Family and friends will come together on Wednesday night to remember the life of 16-year-old Gustavo Ramirez, who died after falling from scaffolding at Nashville work site. 

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Family and friends will come together on Wednesday night to "demand justice" for a 16-year-old, who died after falling from scaffolding at Nashville work site. 

Gustavo Enrique Ramirez, of Springfield, died after falling from scaffolding at a work site on the 300 block of Interstate Drive on Tuesday afternoon, Metro Police Department said.

Police say Ramirez and his 18-year-old brother were on the scaffolding together. The brother reported that he had his back to Ramirez, heard a sound, then turned around to see his brother fall.

The scaffolding was 120 feet from the ground and police said no foul play was involved in the incident. 

A vigil has been scheduled to remember Ramirez at 315 Interstate Drive around 5 p.m. Those organizing the event are calling the developer and general contractor of the project. 

They are asking the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration to launch an "transparent investigation" into the death of Ramirez.

While a 16-year-old can perform certain jobs on a construction site, the State Labor Department said there are other jobs they can’t and it’s still unclear what he was doing on Interstate Drive on Tuesday.

"Who is profiting from Nashville’s boom? It is definitely not the workers that are building this city. So we are fed up," Cecilia Prado with Worker’s Dignity said. "We’ve seen too many deaths here in this industry. We’ve seen no accountability from those responsible for their deaths.”

His family told News 4 Ramirez loved soccer and video games and his nieces and nephews.

A second vigil for Ramirez is scheduled for Thursday night at Franklin-Simpson High School. The vigil will be at the boys soccer field around 8 p.m.

 

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