PORTLAND -- A 4-year-old boy died Wednesday evening after falling from a third-story window in North Portland.

Addison Rojas-Casteneda fell about 7:15 p.m. from a unit in the Miraflores Apartments, 8925 N. Newell Ave.

The boy was rushed to Randall Children's Hospital where doctors could not save his life.

Detectives were able to determine that the fall was accidental, said Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson. The boy leaned against the window screen to talk to a friend outside. The screen broke loose and the boy fell through the window.

Trauma counselors were called to the apartment complex to help people who witnessed the fall or were otherwise affected by the tragedy.

One resident, who would only identify herself as Anastasia, said she was incredibly shaken by the tragedy.

I heard the dad screaming so I knew something was up, Anastasia said. I went running outside and there was like 40 or 50 people just screaming, running around. The baby was on the ground with the mom trying to hold the baby.

The apartment complex is owned by the nonprofit Hacienda CDC, which released a statement Thursday.

Hacienda staff, board and community members wish to express our deepest sympathy to the family and neighbors at Miraflores, the statement reads. The Latino community is tight-knit and the impact of this loss is felt throughout the city.

The statement says Hacienda will set up the Miraflores Family Memorial Fund to help cover funeral expenses.

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