Family of teen who died on Florida's ICON Park ride want it closed permanently

'It needs to be shut down,' cousin tells local TV station

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As more people show up to pay their respects to the Missouri teen who died after falling from a ride at Orlando's ICON Park, the number of signatures on a petition to shut the ride down for good continues to grow. 

"My cousin lost his life over this ride. I don’t feel like it was safe. I feel like it needs to be shut down before someone else’s family has to go through what we are going through," 14-year-old Tyre Sampson's cousin told FOX 35 Orlando.  

Tyree Sampson (FOX 35 Orlando)

Tyree Sampson (FOX 35 Orlando)

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Investigators continue to examine what happened Thursday night when Sampson dropped out of his seat from a 430-foot, free-fall amusement park ride that is taller than the Statue of Liberty along a busy street in the heart of Orlando’s tourist district not far from Disney World.

Lawyers for his family want to know if negligence about his size, or other factors, played a role.

Amusement park visitors were in shock after seeing a teenage boy die after falling off of one of the park's rides.

Amusement park visitors were in shock after seeing a teenage boy die after falling off of one of the park's rides. (Fox 35)

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"This young man, he was athletic, and he was big. He had no way of knowing," said Bob Hilliard, a Texas attorney who represents Tyre’s mother, Nekia Dodd, in an interview Saturday. "This is going to be an issue of a lack of supervision and lack of training. A straight-up negligence case."

Tyre was part of a group called the St. Louis Bad Boyz football club who were in Orlando for a week-long training camp, the Post-Dispatch reported. The group had chaperones and, by all accounts, were doing what millions do every year during spring break in Orlando: enjoying the theme parks and rides.

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Teen dies after fall from drop tower ride at Orlando's ICON PARK, authorities say

Teen dies after fall from drop tower ride at Orlando's ICON PARK, authorities say (FOX 35)

A community balloon release is set to take place at 6 p.m. Monday night in front of the ride. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.