OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - More than a week after a man fell three stories to his death, a family is left with unanswered questions. The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office says the cause of the fall may never be known.
A vigil was held Friday night to remember 34-year-old Kayin Sato, who died after the railing on the landing outside his Canterbury House apartment came loose and he fell.
Attendees lit candles and wore T-shirts with his picture on them. His 4-year-old daughter brought a lion for him. Her mother said the girl and Kayin were very close and that she saw him right before he died.
"They jumped down the last two stairs together and they did their little dance out to the car just like they always do," said Sato's daughter's mother, Stacy Mynhier.
Minutes later, according to the Sheriff's Office, Sato fell off the landing outside the apartment and hit the concrete below. Undersheriff Paul Matyas says it's known the railing came loose, but it's unclear what caused Sato to fall.
"There's a lot of unanswered questions," said Mynhier.
The family says the circumstances of his death don't make sense to them.
"How would he get to the railing?" asked Lalonda Young, Sato's sister. "What was he doing to get to the railing? Like I said, it needs to make sense to me. Things are not adding up."
The family is now asking anyone who heard or saw anything to come forward.
"Please, just really please, that's all I can say," said Young.
The family said it finds it hard to believe Sato simply fell, because he was very athletic. Deputies said they do not suspect foul play.
Oshtemo Township ordered a full inspection of the complex and 24 Hour News 8 is told the owners have complied.