A mother who was recently evicted from her home and hounded by debt collectors committed murder-suicide by jumping off of a bridge with her son in her arms in Tolima, Colombia.
The Daily News reports Jessy Paola Moreno Cruz,32, was hanging off of the La Variante Bridge with her son, May Ceballos, in her arms as emergency responders attempted to talk her out of committing murder-suicide. Jessy and May’s final moments were captured on video as witnesses and authorities begged her not to commit the act. May also begged his mother not to jump off of the bridge moments before she made the fatal decision.
In the video, an emergency responder yells in Spanish: ‘Oh my God, she threw herself off!’ as others cried in disbelief as the tragedy unfolded.
Cruz’s Facebook page showed the young mother taking multiple selfies and photos with her son during more happier times. A statement was released by Ibaque mayor Guillermo Alfonso Jaramillo:
‘This ends up hurting or even costing the life of the person… this lady, who was a single mother, unfortunately, was desperate at the pressure of [paying back] debts,’
Police are currently investigating the murder-suicide.
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If you or a loved one is experiencing thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255