An off-Broadway actress from California has been identified as the woman who jumped her rescue dog to her death in New York City on Friday.
Linda Holston, 60, and her dog Jake, a 16-and-a-half-year-old rat terrier, died after falling from the roof of her 46-story luxury building, The Victory at 561 10th Ave., in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan – the site of another fatal jumping incident in February 2020.
Holston had just finished eating her last meal when she leapt to her death just before 1 p.m. Friday, the New York Post reported.
Linda Holston, 60, has been identified as the woman who jumped to her death with her dog
Holston was an actress who performed in community theater and off-broadway plays
She lived in a 46-story building called The Victory at 561 10th Ave. near 41st Street in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan
The person was found on an above-ground landing and executed a service entrance door to the building
Police told the Post that they found a handwritten note from the woman talking about stress and bottles of medicine in her apartment.
Holston moved to Manhattan from New Mexico in 2017, but was originally from Thousand Oaks, California, according to her Facebook page.
She started working as a sales representative at Main Street Hub when she moved to New York City in 2017 and then worked as a part-time tele-fundraiser Manhattan Theater Club until March 2020.
Her LinkedIn page has the haunting slogan, ‘What a beautiful world.’
In 1981 she graduated from the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts in California and performed in community in New Mexico until she moved to New York where she studied acting. at the William Esper Studio in New York until 2019, according to backstage.
Her online profile describes her as 6 feet tall with brown hair and blue eyes. She is seen smiling with her black-and-brown dog Jake wearing a gold bow.
A receptionist at Pure Paws Veterinary Care on East 42nd Street told the New York Post that Holston brought her dog to the practice for regular care.
The 60-year-old woman had just finished eating her last meal atop her 46-story apartment building when she leapt to her death
The building, managed by Fetner Properties, has 420 rental apartments
Police said they found a handwritten note from the woman talking about stress and bottles of medicine in her apartment
The FDNY was there to clean up the entire street because of all the blood over a large area
Firefighters had to use real hoses because of the amount of blood
Just before the woman jumped, a paper plane landed at a local resident who was sitting on the roof of a building across the street, he told the outlet.
Dimitri Wallace told the New York Post that he said “You are blessed!” scribbled on one of the wings of the paper airplane. Someone on the other side had written, “Stay strong. You’ll get through this!’
Wallace said he wondered if anyone was okay after finding the paper plane, and in turn threw the paper plane off the roof to send “a positive message.”
“Yo, that’s crazy that someone threw a note like that and this happened literally right after that,” he said. “I just saw it, and I thought, ‘Oh, that’s weird.’
It was not immediately clear whether the paper airplane was written by the woman or by someone else who had thrown it from another building in an attempt to reach her before she jumped.
Witnesses told the New York Post that they were shocked that the woman had jumped her dog.
Construction worker Mike Olive, 37, said, ‘Bro, she threw herself out with a dog! With a dog!’
“It’s a shame that someone is in that situation. It’s unfortunate. Hopefully God has her in his hands,” he said.
Hesham Almakaleh, 20, worked as a security guard at a charter school across the street and said he was glad the school wasn’t in session so kids didn’t have to watch the woman jump.
“How could you just grab your dog?” Almakaleh added.
Holston moved from New Mexico to New York City in 2017
A witness told the New York Daily News that he thought someone had thrown garbage on the street.
He said, “I got closer and I realized it wasn’t garbage, and I fucking got out of there.”
Last February, the NYPD responded to another suicide in the same building. The victim did not end up on the street or sidewalk next to the building in that incident.
The person was found on an above-ground landing and executed a service entrance door to the building. Officers had to use ropes and a ladder to access the body in a confined space and lift it to a level where they could then remove it.
The building, managed by Fetner Properties, has 420 rental apartments.
Preliminary data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the suicide rate in the United States fell by 5.6% in 2020 – from 47,511 in 2019 to 44,834 in 2020.
Critics of lockdown measures during the COVID-19 pandemic have suggested those measures would increase the suicide rate.
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the nation. In 2019, there were an average of 130 suicides per day, most of which, 50.39%, were caused by firearms. The interest group maintains a list of risk factors and warning signs.
CDC data indicates that New York has one of the lowest suicide rates in the nation.
Anyone considering suicide should contact the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or can chat with someone live on his website.