Boy, 5, dies at wedding as granite table falls on his head moments after tragic final photo


A FIVE-year-old boy from Illinois has been killed in a freak accident when a granite table fell on his head during a family member’s wedding reception.

Luca Berlingerio was attending the celebration with his parents at the Drake Hotel in Oak Brook, Illinois, when the tragedy occurred earlier this month.


Luca Berlingerio, 5, died in a freak accident when attending a family friend’s wedding[/caption]


Luca was reportedly socializing with other children when he fell off a table and the granite top landed on his head[/caption]

Oak Brook Police Department Commander Benjamin Kadolph told TODAY Parents, “It happened in the blink of an eye.”

According to reports, Berlingerio, from Glenview, Illinois, was lying on a tall, narrow table with a granite top that was against the back of a sofa.

As he began to slide off, Berlingerio, who had been socializing with other children, grabbed the table’s edges to steady himself but pulled it down with him.

As Berlingerio descended, the stone tabletop fell on his head, according to police.


The five-year-old suffered severe head injuries as a result of the September 4 accident.

After being rushed to a local hospital, Berlingerio was pronounced dead.

The Drake Hotel’s general manager, Lee Hoener, told TODAY Parents in a statement: “Our team is heartbroken about this terrible accident. We wish to share our condolences with the family and friends affected.”

Hoener added that staff at the hotel will not share specifics about the incident out of respect for the Berlingerio family’s privacy.

Berlingerio celebrated his fifth birthday on August 28, one week before the accident.

Berlingerio, whose funeral took place on Saturday, is survived by his parents, Simone and Anna, and his older brother, Rocco.

A GoFundMe was launched to support the child’s mother, with a goal set to raise $10,000.

As of Monday evening, the page had received more than $21,000 in donations.

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A GoFundMe for Luca’s family has raised more than $20,000[/caption]


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