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Vigil held as family hopes for answers in falling death
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - It's been three weeks since a young father fell three stories to his death, and his family is still in the dark about what happened and why.
It happened at Canterbury Apartments, where Kalamazoo County detectives say 33-year-old Kayin Sato fell when a railing gave way outside his third floor apartment.
His family says the facts just don't add up, and Wednesday night, they gathered at Sato's grave in Byron Center, hoping once again to encourage anyone with information to come forward.
Sato's parents said the family gets together every year on March 20th, but it's a gathering that will be much different from now on without Sato.
Sato's mother, Regina Young pointed out that the 20th would have been Sato's 34th birthday.
It also marks 22 days since Regina lost her son.
Twelve days ago, the family held a vigil at the place that Sato died--and on that night, Sato's father says someone came forward with information.
Newschannel 3 confirmed that detectives did talk with a tenant at Canterbury Apartments, but because it's an open investigation, we were unable to get any specifics--just that the information proved fruitless.
As a result, investigators continue to believe the one and only suspect is a faulty railing.
Sato's sister LaLonda Young says her brother's live-in girlfriend said something else to make the family doubt that Sato would just fall.
LaLonda reported that his girlfriend was told that her niece should keep away from the railing in question.
"I don't see where my brother, if he knew it was unsturdy, would go anywhere near that railing," LaLonda said.
Kalamazoo County says there is still an open investigation, and detectives are hoping to have autopsy results back soon.