A resident of the Matanzas Shores’ Surf Club 3 condominiums was leaving for work early Saturday morning when he saw a man lying on the pavement inert and cold to the touch at the foot of an eight-story tower.
The man, Nicholas W. Catalfamo, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:52 a.m. by a Flagler County Rescue unit shortly after the resident found him, and his wife called 911, at 5:30 a.m. Dec. 21. The area was soon taped off and turned into a crime scene.
By then, another witness, Vincent Acosta, a 28-year-old newspaper delivery man who had been driving by, had stopped and administered CPR, but Catalfamo was unresponsive.
A Flagler County Sheriff’s incident report states that the roof access door to the tower had been found propped open, while the roof ledge “had a visible imprint which indicated that someone had possibly recently leaned on the ledge.” The sheriff’s Crime Scene Investigator unit was dispatched to the scene and processed areas around the roof. Detectives from the sheriff’s office were also dispatched, and interviewed members of the victim’s family.
The incident report states that Catalfamo fell legs first, sustaining broken bones to both legs “along with other life threatening injuries,” but no head trauma. Paramedics said the injuries were indicative of a fall. Police recovered Catalfamo’s iPhone, though it’s not clear where the phone was recovered.
Catalfamo had been a second-floor resident of the Matanzas Shores condominium, located less than two miles south of Marineland, along State Road A1A.
I hope that this is not a case of someone needing mentel health care and could not get it. My condolences to the family sorry for your loss.
My heart aches says
This is so sad. May he rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
Dan potter says
When all hope is gone then suicide seems the only way out.
Prayers to the family says
I work in building 1 and to hear about this young life being taken breaks my heart my prayers go out to his family and friends so so sorry for your loss. God bless in this hard time all of our condolences from building 1.
Howard Duley says
It must be tragic to feel that sense of desperation. My brain
can’t understand why unless a terminal disease was involved.
Almost everything else can be overcome. Rest in peace.
WOW. How does it get to this point. It is so sad to see that somebody feels it is better to be dead than to carry on and make the best of it. But then again we do not know what really happened. Hope they do a thorough investigation.
So sad…My condolences to everyone who knew and cared about this young man. Please do not hesitate to reach out for any support you can get!
Tracy Smith says
I pray that his parents and siblings find some peace in this terrible tragedy. They are such good people. Nobody deserves to go through this.
I went to high school with Nick. I knew him briefly. My condolances go out to his friends and family.