An 18-year-old teenager plunged to her death 15 years after she survived a 7-story fall in her suicidal mother’s arms.
Yazmina Howard from Kent, England tragically fell to her death on Monday night 15 years after she survived her mother’s seven-story fall from their apartment, People reports. Howard was only a toddler when her 33-year-old mother, Maxine Carr, held her in her arms as she jumped from their seventh-floor apartment in August 2003, according to the Mirror. While her mother died from her injuries, Yazmina miraculously survived the fall but suffered several broken bones and damage to her skull.
Yazmina’s grandparents — Janet and Michael Howard — raised her following her mother’s suicide. But on Monday night, less than an hour after the teenager texted her grandmother to let her know she was safe, Yazmina was found dead after she plunged from a bridge near her home.
“I got a text from her at 9:23 p.m. saying she was okay,” Janet told SWNS. “That was the last I heard. Whatever happened from then, we’ll never know — we don’t know what has driven her to this at all.”
Authorities do not believe Yazmina’s death is suspicious, KentLive reports. Janet reflected on Yazmina’s life after surviving her mother’s suicide jump as a toddler.
“Yazmina was a beautiful girl, inside and out, who would never hurt anybody,” she told SWNS. “She was an emotional person, which may have been connected to the trauma she experienced when we lost her mom, but she seemed to battle through it all.”
Janet and Michael had a very close bond with their granddaughter.
“She’d call us Nan and Granddad but sometimes ‘Mom’ would slip out — she was more like a daughter than a granddaughter to us,” Janet explained. “Yazmina didn’t smoke, she didn’t go out clubbing… Even when she drank wine, she’d make sure it was vegan because she loved animals and cared about the environment. That’s the kind of girl Yazmina was.”
Michelle Sayers, Yazmina’s aunt, posted a tribute to her niece and confirmed her death over social media on Thursday.
“For those who knew my sister Maxine, her beautiful daughter Yazmina is now with her, angels together,” Sayers wrote on Facebook.
Yazmina’s grandfather, Michael, recalled that his granddaughter was frustrated with deciding what she wanted to do with her life.
“She’d tell us, ‘I’ll have to start all over again or get a terrible job with terrible money,’ ” he told SWNS. “There are more and more children getting like this and they rarely get the help and support they need. It’s left a big void in our life.”
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