Screenshot / WKMG, YouTube


Titusville, FLORIDA. – Well here’s a crazy report you don’t see everyday.

Imagine if you will that you are kicking back in your front yard and then all of a sudden-BOOM!

A person falls from out the sky and dies!

That’s what happened according to authorities in Florida.

The Incident

Apparently the body of a dead skydiver was discovered in the front yard of a home near an airpark.

The incident was reported over the weekend.

The man was dressed in full parachute gear and was located just prior to 12:30 p.m. on the grounds of a residence in Titusville.

The Titusville Police Department issued a statement confirming the discovery.

Detectives Conducting a Death Investigation of a Parachutist

Titusville Police Detectives are investigating the death of a man in connection with a solo parachuting incident that occurred on Saturday, October 7, 2023, at approximately 12:25 PM.


The preliminary investigation revealed Frederick C. Morello, 69, of Ormond Beach, outfitted in parachute attire and gear was located on the lawn of a residence on the 2600 block of Merry Lane.


Morello was pronounced deceased at the scene.


This remains an ongoing investigation and more details will be released upon its conclusion.


The Titusville Fire Department pronounced the man dead at the scene.

A friend of Mr. Morello responded on “X”:

“Unfortunately I have been skydiving 24 years and that was my friend Fred who was the drop zones attorney he was just a fun jumper and we are still trying to find out exactly why he did a little hook turn.”

“This was a very unusual situation for this particular skydiver,” he said.

According to CBS affiliate WKMG, a neighbor’s surveillance camera captured a reflection in an SUV window, showing the skydiver descending before experiencing a hard landing on the lawn.

Screenshot / WKMG, YouTube


A neighbor, Nicole Lacount told the station- “I work in the medical field. That’s the worst I’ve ever seen.”

James Sconiers told News 6 it was his front yard where the man landed, news outlet Click Orlando reported.

“I was asking the person that was laying on the ground, ‘Hey man can you hear me, can you hear me?’ But he did not answer,” Sconiers said.

Sconiers, who is a Vietnam veteran with airborne experience, says this incident left him with questions.

“Look at the video and look at what happened. Why did he fall so hard if all the safety mechanisms (were) in place? Something tells me there’s a problem there,” he said.

Sconiers said his camera also showed someone from the Skydive Space Center, which is part of the airpark, removing Morello’s parachute.

“I just told him, I said, ‘He’s not responsive.’ And I said, ‘He has this helmet on and I don’t know if the neck is broken or what,’” he said.

Another skydiver told News 6 she knew Morello for more than 20 years and called the 69-year-old the most safety-conscious person she ever met.

She said Morello was a very skilled skydiver who always followed the rules and didn’t take risks.

We send our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Frederick (Fred) C. Morello.

He died doing something he loved doing.

Rest In Peace…

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