US teen dies by suicide after jumping from New York University building
Posted on February 12, 2024
New Delhi: In a tragic incident that unfolded in New York City, a young girl lost her life after jumping from a building on Saturday night. The victim, an 18-year-old whose identity has not been revealed, reportedly jumped from a fifth-floor window of the six-story NYU art building. The building, known for housing the art department’s studios, classrooms, and offices, became the site of the distressing event.
Upon arrival at the scene, authorities found the teenager unconscious and severely injured. Despite being rushed to Bellevue Hospital, the individual was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. It remains unclear whether the victim had any affiliation with NYU as a student, according to media reports.
Eyewitness recounts incident
Justina Sung, 30, who was in her nearby apartment at the time, described hearing a loud noise followed by a scream. Sung recounted that someone informed her that the individual had jumped and landed in a small green space outside the building. Police investigating the area noted blood splatters near the fencing surrounding the green space. The circumstances surrounding the death are currently under investigation, leaving many questions unanswered.
Troubling suicide trend in the US
The incident adds to a troubling trend of increasing suicide rates in the United States. According to NBC News, more than 50,000 Americans lost their lives to suicide in 2023, marking the highest recorded rate in the nation’s history. Mental health professionals attribute this rise to various factors, including the lingering effects of the pandemic.
Luke Engeriser, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Altapointe Health, highlighted the exacerbation of existing issues such as depression and substance abuse, compounded by the challenges posed by the pandemic. Economic hardships and job insecurities further contribute to the distress faced by many individuals, according to experts.
Indian-American student dies by suicide
In another incident, Sameer Kamath, a 23-year-old Indian-American Purdue University student, was found dead in an Indiana nature reserve. The Warren County Coroner’s Office determined his cause of death as self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, pending toxicology analysis.