17 year old boy, falls four floors to his death after jumping over a rail at a Singapore shopping mall

A teenager plunged four floors to his death at a Singapore shopping center while trying to film a social media video.

Leaked CCTV footage shows the moment Jonathan Chow, 17, vaulted over a glass barrier onto a ledge, having asked a friend to film him.

But the ledge was made of plasterboard casing, and could not support his weight, collapsing when he landed on it.

The teenager died in front of a horrified friend, who he had asked to help him make a Snapchat video.

Jonathan, who had studied in Australia but returned to Singapore to complete his national service, died in a linkway between the Orchard Central and Orchard Gateway.

His friend, named Ruth, said ‘We both thought the ledge was made of concrete, but when he jumped, he fell straight through.

‘I knew it was dangerous, but before I could stop him, he already jumped over. I swear I wanted to jump over too but I knew it was too late.’

His last words before he died were: ‘Help me take a Snapchat video and I’ll jump.’

The teenager is seen leaning over the glass barrier before vaulting over it, falling to his death

Father Matthew Chow said: ‘He was a friendly guy, sociable and approachable… he was about to be enlisted for national service and was looking forward to it, but now he won’t be able to serve the nation.’

He said he had visited the shopping centre to discuss safety concerns.

Jonathan regularly filmed his stunts, and was a talented skateboarder, friends said.

Four horrified passers-by tried to save him, but he died in hospital.

Mavis Seow, chief operating officer at the company which owns the centre said: ‘The glass railing along the link bridge is 1.2m high and acts as a safety barrier for members of the public.

‘It also prohibits access to the plasterboard box-up, which is an interior architectural treatment.

‘Together with our building consultants, we are currently reviewing if any other measures, in addition to the glass barrier, are required. In the interim, our security officers will be patrolling the various link bridges at more frequent intervals.’