In February 2019, a mother in Colombia decided to commit suicide and take her son with her, after she struggled financially and lost their home.
Life is beautiful, but it can often get pretty hard, complicated, and too challenging. When one loses hope and strength to carry on, life doesn’t feel like worth living.
Every year, around 800,000 people in the world commit suicide, and suicide is the second leading cause of death in the world for people aged 15 to 24 years.
The tragic end of a mother and her 10-year old son from Colombia last year left everyone heartbroken.
On February 7, the 32-year-old single mom jumped off a 330-foot bridge while holding her little boy, taking both of their lives.
The tragedy occurred at the La Variante Bridge, in Ibagué, and people who were passing by could not react on time and save their lives. Some of them recorded and took photos of the final moments of the mother and son.
Authorities later explained that the mother, Jessy Paola Moreno Cruz, had financial problems and had just been evicted from her home.
She and her son became homeless for a while after she was no longer able to pay rent. This made her deeply depressed, and she eventually decided to end her own life and take her son with her.
According to media present at the scene, in the last moments before their death, the child was begging his mom not to jump.
Although an ambulance came quickly, all they could do was to take the bodies out of the water. Afterward, a funeral service for the mother and son was held.
Authorities explained that the mother was being threatened by loan sharks.
Before her death, she explained her reasons for her decision in a suicide letter she left behind.
“I cannot tolerate the idea that somebody could hurt you because of what I did, I prefer that we leave and forget this world. I have no hope, I have been defeated and humiliated. The man who told me he loved me left me alone, very alone. They all left me with nothing, everything I worked for, everything I lived for, all I loved, all I gave, it was snatched away in an instant.
My mistake was to trust the wrong people. I failed the person I love most in my life, I cannot afford to pay for his studies, I do not even have enough money to give him hot food. I have placed him in danger and I am sorry for failing you, son. Every day is more difficult and filled with threats, debt, and lack of love. I cannot do it anymore. I will be told I am a coward, but only God knows the distress of being terrified that someone will hurt you because of me.
If only somebody could help me, but who can lend me the money or even a home? There is nobody. The world is dangerous and I cannot protect you. Every day is grey. My heart beats with anxiety. I cry with frustration and impotence. I am a loser. This time I will not fail you, my son. Nobody will hurt us anymore.”
Sad, tragic, painful!