Bennett Rill electrocuted on Herndon school roof
A teen was electrocuted and his three friends were injured after they climbed onto a Herndon elementary school roof Tuesday, Fairfax police say.
The 14-year-old, identified by his father as Bennett Rill, became entangled in the electrical lines on the roof of Fox Mill Elementary School shortly before 9 p.m., according to Fairfax County Police spokesman Don Gotthardt. He was pronounced dead on scene.
Three other teens between the ages of 14 and 15 were taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
All four teens are Fairfax County students; three are in middle school.
John Torre, the public information officer for Fairfax County Schools, says a shed in the rear of the school gives access to the roof. There are wires on the roof, which he believes the teens made contact with.
The school is continuing to investigate the incident.
Tuesday was the last day of school for Fairfax County students.
Derrick Rill says couldn't have been prouder of his son Bennett Tuesday when the teen brought home straight A’s on his report card from Carson Middle School.
"I'll carry him with me, he's never going to leave me,” Derrick Rill says. “It just hurts not to have him home today."
On his last day of middle school, Derrick Rill wanted to drive his son, himself.
"It was kind of special. My wife said, ‘I'll take him.’ I said no way. Last time I get to do it, so we battled over it. He said Love you dad. Love you Bennett," Derrick Rill says.
The family is not exactly sure why the teens scaled the building but it's the memories of a fun loving, intelligent and extremely athletic teen that everyone around here will remember.
"I just saw him last week at football camp,” says Bennett’s friend Alex Dimitriades. “Freaky what happened"
On Wednesday, Carson Middle School Principal Augie Frattali sent a letter home to parents expressing condolences to the family.
Living an unimaginable nightmare, this broken-hearted father says it's his sons awesome spirit that will keep this grieving family moving forward.
Thomas and Olivia Parisi, close friends of Bennett, joined many others Wednesday at vigil for Bennett at Rachel Carson Middle School, where he was remembered as a great athlete, and a kind and outgoing friend.
Derrick Rill urged people to tell their loved ones how much they love them.
"If we carry his spirit around with us, that will help a lot because it keeps him alive … just to remember Bennett," Derrick Rill says.