A woman and her rescue dog died Friday after jumping from the roof of her luxury New York City building while carrying her pet, police said.
The 60-year-old woman had just finished eating her last meal on top of her 46-storey apartment building when she leaped to her death with her ‘lap dog’ just before 1 p.m. New York Post reported.
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 site of another fatal jumping incident in February 2020.
Police told the New York Post that they found a handwritten note from the woman talking about stress and bottles of medicine in her apartment.
A woman and her dog, not pictured, died Friday after jumping from the roof of her apartment building while carrying her pet
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
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
Police said they found a handwritten note from the woman talking about stress and bottles of medicine in her apartment
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.
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
It was reported that the police had descended to gain access to that person’s body
The person was found on an above-ground landing and executed a service entrance door to the building
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. Police officers allegedly descended to gain access to their bodies.
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.