The grief stricken family of a young Irishman who died after falling off a rooftop in Manhattan was trying to finalize arrangements this weekend to have his body brought back to Ireland.

David Forde, 22, from Athenry, County Galway, was a schoolteacher in Ireland who had just recently qualified, and had come to America during the summer break.

He was on the rooftop of a hostel building on 107th street in Manhattan when he fell to his death. The rooftop was a regular place for residents of the hostel to gather according to sources. Earlier reports that he had die in a construction accident were incorrect.

David had come to America with a number of other Athenry area friends, and they were due to return to Ireland soon. He was described as a very popular young man who had just commenced a promising career as a teacher after graduating college.

His family is working with the Irish Consulate in New York to secure the arrangements for the body to return to Ireland.

Hostel on 107th St. in Manhattan