SANTA MONICA (AP) — Investigators say a Santa Monica High School student athlete suddenly left baseball practice and jumped to his death from a nearby hotel’s 10th floor.

Sgt. Jay Trisler says 14-year-old freshman Matthew Mezza was practicing with teammates Friday afternoon when he abruptly crossed the street to the Sheraton-Delfina Hotel and jumped with his team looking on.

Trisler says there’s no other information on the apparent suicide.

Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels of Beth Shir Shalom, the synagogue Matthew had attended, told the Los Angeles Times that everyone is shocked, saying there was no indication the teenager was troubled.

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Comments (4)
  1. Art says:

    I think it would be more accurate to say nobody recognized any indicators that the teenager was troubled.

    The signs were probably there; however, disguised or hidden.

  2. g says:


  3. blessed mom of 15 yearoldson says:

    Nobody listens to Teens any more! we might have to look away from our computors,Big Tvs,turn off our phones and of course we work harder and longer to pay for all our distractions.I dont know about the parents of this child but this gives me awake up call to try and take some time to listen and take action when i can!

  4. Marcy says:

    How about reducing the vast amount of stressors on our kids that we continue to feel into adulthood like: test scores, grades, athletic competition, fast food, unrealistic body images, peer pressure, bullying, no teen jobs, juvenile criminalization by society and legal groups…

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