Update: Emergency response under West Seattle Bridge; 1 person dead

May 23, 2013 at 3:56 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 92 Comments

3:56 PM: The big emergency response to West Marginal Way/Spokane is for a report that someone might have jumped or fallen off the high bridge. Seattle Fire confirms that’s what was reported to them.

4:27 PM: We are on the high bridge westbound right now. There is a slowdown to 99 because of police cars with a white car on the shoulder at the top of the high rise, blinkers on. A tow truck is getting ready to tow it.

4:33 PM: Two commenters say they saw it happen – someone got out of that car and went over the bridge.

Suicide, while difficult to discuss, is an epidemic – taking five times as many lives in King County as homicide. If you or anyone you know has had thoughts of self-harm, please know there is help available around the clock, via the Crisis Clinic hotline: 206-461-3222.

4:45 PM: Seattle Fire spokesperson Kyle Moore confirms that the person found under the bridge “is deceased.” The last bridge death reported here was four months ago.

5:48 PM: The photo we have added above is the crew from the Medical Examiner’s office, arriving in the area just after 5 pm. It is their job to make the official identification of victims and determination of cause of death, and to make sure family members have been notified.

92 Comments

  1. Sad. That’s what it looked like just happened as I was coming home on the high bridge :( a lot of police investigating an empty white car.

    Comment by rachelle — 4:01 pm May 23, 2013 #

  2. Sadly, it looks like somebody jumped. There’s an abandoned car at the top of the bridge with police cars around it.

    Comment by Jeff — 4:06 pm May 23, 2013 #

  3. I was driving over the bridge just as I saw cars pulling over to the side and people were getting out of their cars to look over; one lady had her hand covering her mouth. It was disturbing and I got home asap so I could try to find out what happened. Nothing on the local news sites of anything yet. Does anyone know what happened?

    Comment by Sam — 4:07 pm May 23, 2013 #

  4. I just saw that. Very sad. I hope they find the person.

    Comment by Tonesha — 4:09 pm May 23, 2013 #

  5. oh crap; please keep us updated

    Comment by Diane — 4:12 pm May 23, 2013 #

  6. Just came up the bridge…back up had started…took lower bridge..Fire Engine on the east side of the lower bridge. Hope the person didn’t jump. I hope (not that it makes it any better) that if was an accident :( I know how it feels to be at that point in life where you just want it all to go away…Luckily I have some GREAT people in my life that helped me through things. Sad that this person didn’t feel like they did…sending positive thoughts.

    Comment by ~~Hockeywitch~~ — 4:15 pm May 23, 2013 #

  7. Two police cars still blocking right lane, westbound at highrise, empty white car with hazards on.

    Comment by Kim — 4:16 pm May 23, 2013 #

  8. just saw two spd cars flip lights on and stop a guy walking down the street in front of skylark/safe harbor. maybe related?

    Comment by All for it — 4:17 pm May 23, 2013 #

  9. Unfortunately, my wife just arrived home and witnessed a woman pull over mid-span on the high bridge, get out of her car and jump…all within a matter of seconds. She notified 911 immediately and is in tears/shaking at this time. God bless to this ladies family and friends.

    Comment by Dan — 4:20 pm May 23, 2013 #

  10. Yes, I was a few cars behind and saw a person get out of their car and step over the barrier and was gone. A few cars pulled over. 911 was notified immediately. There was nothing anyone could have done it happened so fast. So sad.

    Comment by Stacey — 4:21 pm May 23, 2013 #

  11. The Skylark issue seems to be a domestic. We watched it outside our shop. Some guy on a bike was beating a lady that spilled into the middle of Delridge. 4 passing by people stopped to break it up, it moved into the shops lot to the south. Then the police showed up.

    Comment by PBJ — 4:23 pm May 23, 2013 #

  12. I drove by right after it happened…the police were right behind me. Strangely enough, since last night I had nightmares about my baby falling from a high place and at work all day my anxiety kept growing, hitting a peak around 3:15-3:30 to the point I had an anxiety/panic/asthma attack. I wonder if I knew the victim…this is very upsetting…

    Comment by Danielle — 4:23 pm May 23, 2013 #

  13. Thank you for the reports. We are cautious about calling something a jump or a fall without confirmation or firsthand reports. A team member who was coming back from the other side of the city has just passed the scene atop the bridge and reports a white car, flashers on, about to be towed, with police nearby.

    Comment by WSB — 4:32 pm May 23, 2013 #

  14. Strange days indeed.

    Good thoughts go out to those who witnessed such a tragic event.

    Comment by West Seattle Hipster — 4:33 pm May 23, 2013 #

  15. I was just went down to check on my boat about 3:30 and was walking back up the ramp at the marina about 3:45 heard a lot of sirens saw the police pull in. Looked over and saw the body. Sad RIP.

    Comment by wetone — 4:47 pm May 23, 2013 #

  16. Thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this.

    Has it ever been suggested that a suicide fence or railing be installed like the one on the Aurora bridge? Perhaps it’s not feesible. It just seems that this is an all too common occurrance.

    Comment by Longtime West Seattlite — 4:54 pm May 23, 2013 #

  17. So sad :( For the victim and the witnesses. Just sad.

    Comment by Traci — 4:54 pm May 23, 2013 #

  18. Condolences to this person’s family and loved ones…

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    Mike

    Comment by miws — 4:56 pm May 23, 2013 #

  19. So sad.

    Comment by Admiral resident — 4:57 pm May 23, 2013 #

  20. So unspeakably sad. Heartfelt condolences to family and friends of the deceased as well as to those who witnessed this tragedy.

    Comment by jwws — 4:58 pm May 23, 2013 #

  21. Fence on the Aurora bridge has made this one more appealing it seems. Sad.

    Comment by Jeff — 4:59 pm May 23, 2013 #

  22. Prays for all effected. How sad :(

    Comment by mb — 5:05 pm May 23, 2013 #

  23. Actually, in the time since the Aurora Bridge fence was complete, we have not seen the number here increase. Seems to have declined, in fact, per my first check of our archives – which, before the case linked in the story above, don’t have anything since this one in 2011: http://westseattleblog.com/2011/08/west-seattle-traffic-alert-bridge-reopened

    Comment by WSB — 5:05 pm May 23, 2013 #

  24. May is the month of the highest number of suicides during the year. It is a rough time for people with bipolar disorder. If you have family members or friends with bipolar disorder, give them a little extra time in May. It might be just what they need.

    Comment by Barba — 5:14 pm May 23, 2013 #

  25. Sadly, the news won’t report suicide.

    Love to the victim and family/friends.

    Comment by A — 5:18 pm May 23, 2013 #

  26. I watched the whole thing happen as I tried to speed up and pull over. As I was jumping out of my car to stop her, she disappeared over the railing. Driving home over the crest of the bridge will never be the same. My love goes out to her loved ones :(

    Comment by Jaimers — 5:19 pm May 23, 2013 #

  27. Weird day. I drove past the empty car on the bridge and then there were two people fighting and yelling in the street IN TRAFFIC right in front of Skylark! We weren’t even open yet, I don’t know where they came from…

    Comment by Jessie SK — 5:20 pm May 23, 2013 #

  28. Deepest condolences to the family and friends of this person. Sympathies to those who witnessed it and felt the helplessness of not being able to do anything. It will be a difficult road ahead for all, my heart goes out to you. From personal experience an organization called “To Write Love on Her Arms” helped through my own experiences like this when my best friend took his life. http://twloha.com/

    Comment by Jeri — 5:23 pm May 23, 2013 #

  29. So sorry for all involved and those of you who witnessed it. Please reach out and share your pain…

    Comment by I'mcoveredinbees — 5:35 pm May 23, 2013 #

  30. A – How did you post that comment without noticing that you are on a news site, reading a news report about this suicide?
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    A very sad piece of news. Condolences to the family and friends.

    Comment by Lura — 5:38 pm May 23, 2013 #

  31. So sad. Our little part of the world has had more and more things happen. I’ve heard helicopters for 2 days now. So sorry for the family and those that had to see it. We all feel the pain. No one should feel so hopeless.

    Comment by Elise — 5:50 pm May 23, 2013 #

  32. Heartbreaking. Barba, is May a difficult month for bi-polar because of the seasonal changes in the amount of light…? Just wondering.

    Comment by G — 6:20 pm May 23, 2013 #

  33. Heartbreaking. Drove by that car on my way home from work today about 4:15 and suicide crossed my mind. Does it really get that bad? :’(

    Please: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

    Comment by WTF — 6:50 pm May 23, 2013 #

  34. Was she a west seattle resident? Heart goes out to her family and friends, as well as everyone who witnessed it..

    Comment by Westside J. — 6:59 pm May 23, 2013 #

  35. I find it especially touching that she put on her emergency flashers when she stopped her car on the bridge, so as to not cause harm to other drivers. It makes the whole thing so poignant and tragic. Peace to all who are affected by this; the ripples are far and wide.

    Comment by Margaret in Vashon — 7:23 pm May 23, 2013 #

  36. Saw a car pulled over in that exact spot yesterday on the evening commute. After some hesitation, I called 911 because I thought it odd that a car would break down right at the high point of the bridge. Don’t know if it was the same car/person or not, but had the feeling that something was not right with the person in the car. So sad today. See something, say something, right?

    Comment by Paul — 7:27 pm May 23, 2013 #

  37. I came upon the scene riding a bicycle over the low bridge. It was gut wrenching. My heart goes out to the woman and her family.

    Comment by Gary — 7:33 pm May 23, 2013 #

  38. So sad.

    Comment by West Seattle Since 1979 — 7:43 pm May 23, 2013 #

  39. Very very sad. Everytime suicide comes close it leaves you with unanswered questions forever. I biked home early and was on the lower bridge. My heart goes out to all that were close to her. I got home and hugged the family extra hard tonight.

    Comment by Mark — 7:46 pm May 23, 2013 #

  40. I am very heartened to not see a bunch of people saying “he/she should have jumped. My brother jumped off the Aurora Bridge and the posts were so callous and disheartening.

    Comment by Stephanie — 8:13 pm May 23, 2013 #

  41. Damn.

    I was on the bus right behind her as she was inching her car up the bridge on the shoulder. I thought something was wrong with the car – she was going super-slow with her flashers on and the bus had to slow right down to pass her when she stopped just below the crest. I looked in the window and saw her sitting bolt upright and rigid, arms straight out and still gripping the wheel, staring straight ahead while the bus gingerly passed by. Heartbreaking that this was what she was getting ready to do.

    Comment by cf — 8:13 pm May 23, 2013 #

  42. Stephanie – we don’t allow such comments on WSB and would not approve any such things for publication. However, I am proud to say no one has even tried to post something callous. I am so sorry about your brother. Thank you for commenting here. – Tracy (editor)

    Comment by WSB — 8:16 pm May 23, 2013 #

  43. Tracy..this is wonderful. Probably one of the hardest things I first dealt with was the callous posts. I continue to love the WS blog, and after reading your comment, I love it all the more! (And secretly I am happy noone has posted anything like I saw about my brother). Makes me proud to live in West Seattle.

    Comment by Stephanie — 8:37 pm May 23, 2013 #

  44. Tracy, you combine professionalism and compassion. Very rare. I sincerely admire you.

    Comment by WS Family — 8:43 pm May 23, 2013 #

  45. Very sad. So sorry to learn of this tragic incident. My condolences to everyone. From family, to friends and co-workers, to witnesses and 911 responders.
    Truly heartbreaking:(
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    I completely understand the emotional and mental pain that pushes one to consider and then take such desperate and final action. Yet I also know that help is out there for those that are able to make that call to the Crisis Clinic 206-461-3222. Please enter that number into your phone right now.
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    When I see a vehicle parked near the crest of the West Seattle Bridge I have made it habit to call 911 as it makes me very concerned that someone is about to make a move of desperation. I made just such a call about two weeks ago. I have no idea if these are broken down cars, or personal psychiatric episodes. I just want people to know that they are cared about.

    Comment by Been There — 8:46 pm May 23, 2013 #

  46. Dear West Seattle Neighbors-
    My heart goes out to the family and friends of this woman. I am so, so sorry, and I know how heart-wrenching it is for the survivors. My family is in the midst of dealing with all the “what ifs” after the loss of my brother-in-law to depression three weeks ago. It is agonizing to think about what any of us might have done differently to keep this precious person with us.
    I don’t know the circumstances of this case, but these are such hard times for so many people. We need to take extra care with each other- with our loved ones and with strangers, too. You never know when reaching out with a little extra compassion and understanding might make all the difference.

    Comment by LKT — 8:46 pm May 23, 2013 #

  47. Was on the bus and checked the phone to see if the delay was on the Blog. It was, then passed the white Camry with its flashers on, just sad.

    Comment by CandrewB — 8:50 pm May 23, 2013 #

  48. Paul-I saw that car yesterday and had the same impression, female driver, flashers on, same time of day right around 4PM. I nearly called 911 as well, but talked myself out of it.
    Stephanie-I couldn’t have said it better. My brother also jumped to his death from a local bridge, and it was very upsetting to me today to come upon this scene driving home. I am grateful that people are not compounding such a sad event with ugliness.

    Comment by me on 28th Ave SW — 9:01 pm May 23, 2013 #

  49. Any names released yet.

    Comment by Brenda — 9:10 pm May 23, 2013 #

  50. Wouldn’t be any ID any sooner than tomorrow afternoon – the Medical Examiner’s Office usually goes public with a list of names via a media hotline after 3 pm each day. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 9:14 pm May 23, 2013 #

  51. Very sad – was driving eastbound shortly after it happened, and wondered about the responding vehicles for what looked like a broken down car. Very sad. RIP.

    Comment by Tbone — 9:16 pm May 23, 2013 #

  52. So sad I work with struggling people and the hopeless out look is so disheartening look around at the face that pass you by a smile and a bit of caring may prevent just one person from this sensless tradgity

    Comment by loveisenuf — 9:36 pm May 23, 2013 #

  53. Very sad that this happened.

    Comment by Sad — 9:45 pm May 23, 2013 #

  54. My husband, son, and I were on our way home from work/daycare earlier than usual (about 3:40) to meet with someone. We were getting on the bridge from SoDo on 1st Ave. S. Right in front of me, a police car suddenly appeared with its sirens and lights going, roaring up the on-ramp. Then another car came from behind us as we merged on the bridge. Both were pulled over by the white Toyota sedan at the crest, and a few additional cars were pulled over a little farther west. We immediately assumed it was a suicide, especially with the officers out of their cars and looking over the side of the bridge, but still hoped we were mistaken.

    I’m so sorry to read we were not.

    Comment by SarahScoot — 9:50 pm May 23, 2013 #

  55. Jaimers….Maybe I missed it in all the responses, but, I don’t think anyone got back to you. I am confident that most everyone in West Seattle loves that you reacted, tried, etc. There really isn’t anything you could have done so don’t beat yourself up about it. To react at all (in this day of bystanders who don’t do a fuggin’ thing at all but videotape sh-t), I love that you reacted the “right way” to what you saw. Suicide is a messed up thing that sometimes, no matter what all the loved ones do, can’t be stopped. My hope is that the last impression she had was that someone gave a sh-t :):) Peace to you and the family..

    Comment by bswans11 — 10:01 pm May 23, 2013 #

  56. It’s so sad to read that yesterday this very same car was in the very same spot. I wish the lady who couldn’t for whatever reason finalize her plan yesterday would have found that same reason to live another day this afternoon. Yes, “Life really does get that hard”. My prayers are with all who knew her or witnessed her tragic final moments. She had to really feel lonely & hopeless. Give an extra smile to everyone you meet. You never know who is on the edge balancing the pros vs cons.

    Comment by Bostongirl — 10:14 pm May 23, 2013 #

  57. Your pain will pass. You Are worthy. You can help. You can make a difference.

    Comment by dale — 10:17 pm May 23, 2013 #

  58. Sometimes I think it’s easier to buy a gun than it is to get mental health care. We have such a stigma where it comes to dealing with depression that even if you can get past the meme of ‘you’re a loony’ to be able to say, ‘I need help’, that the next hurdle is finding counseling that will be covered by insurance (IF you have it), or won’t break the bank.
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    Most industrialized countries have single-payer, and a mental health benefit. Here we have ‘rugged individualism’.
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    Lucky us…

    Comment by BeachDriveBoy — 10:36 pm May 23, 2013 #

  59. so true BeachDriveBoy; it is way too easy to buy a gun; and just about impossible to get mental health care; super messed up priorities

    Comment by Diane — 11:26 pm May 23, 2013 #

  60. Jaimers…. Hugs…

    Comment by DiverLaura — 1:12 am May 24, 2013 #

  61. I have been wrestling with this tonight: if God-forbid this happens again and I see the distraught person get out of their car on the West Seattle bridge, should/could/would I get out to help them (after calling 911) ? I’m not a counselor, but I am all to familiar with depression. Is it too dangerous? Could I do more harm than good?

    Comment by HP gal — 2:10 am May 24, 2013 #

  62. @ BeachDriveBoy and Diane – this just shows the need for mental health care reform in the US. I work in the field, and we get only the bare minimum of funding necessary to help persons with persistent mental illness. They are cutting it more and more every year. Until the stigma is stopped, things will remain difficult for those with mental illness and their loved ones.
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    Thank you WSB for mentioning the Crisis Line! Many of our clients have utilized this when in trouble. There is always hope out there. Do not be afraid to ask for help!

    Comment by MK — 2:42 am May 24, 2013 #

  63. sad, but times are tough

    Comment by w.s. maverick — 5:55 am May 24, 2013 #

  64. HP gal, I think there is no harm in talking. Read about this guy:

    http://gawker.com/5563648/meet-the-australian-whos-saved-160-people-from-suicide

    Comment by Jeff — 8:19 am May 24, 2013 #

  65. So sad. My thoughts are with her friends and family at this time. I too saw a white car at the crest ofthe bridge stopped, with flashers on, but I believe it was on Monday or Tuesday afternoon around the same time. Could be unrelated or she could have been thinking about this for a while. Suicide is the saddest thing ever. Just tragic. Thanks WSB for always raising awareness.

    Comment by Kgdlg — 9:07 am May 24, 2013 #

  66. Jeff- that was a heartwarming article. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by kirsty — 9:09 am May 24, 2013 #

  67. I can’t remember when, but I do recall seeing a car parked on the bridge recently and the person was standing next to the car near the barrier. I thought it was odd at the time and couldn’t imagine why they did that, I thought maybe they had a flat tire as that happens sometimes. I feel so bad if there was warning this was going to happen and I didn’t/couldn’t do anything to stop it. I arrived at the scene yesterday right after it happened. I saw the policeman looking over the barrier to the ground below (shudder – I’m scared of heights) and then I saw the people on the exit ramp looking and a woman was crying, and I knew something horrible had happened. I hold all who are affected by this tragic event in the Light…may we all move forward and be considerate of one another, strangers included. Life is too short to be wrapped up only in our own lives. We need to look out for one another. Family and friends are all that matter in this life, I’m glad you posted the suicide information as well. Hopefully it will help someone who needs it, including those who witnessed this horrific event.

    Comment by CMA mom — 9:33 am May 24, 2013 #

  68. Thank you Jeff, that was a nice story that you shared.

    Comment by Kip — 10:21 am May 24, 2013 #

  69. http://crisisclinic.org/get-involved/donate/

    Comment by m3 — 10:33 am May 24, 2013 #

  70. I think I drove by her too with in the last couple of days. I remember a car with flashers and a woman in the front seat looking North. I remember thinking it was a terrible spot to run out of gas or have car trouble, but she looked calm and I assumed she had it under control. The nuts and bolts of daily life make it difficult, or at least inconvenient, to ask strangers if you can help. It shouldn’t.

    Comment by Pigeon Hill Jim — 12:37 pm May 24, 2013 #

  71. I know from experience that wanting to just be done with the nonstop sh-tstorm isn’t all about depression. Some people have more burden and responsibilities than they can handle, with absolutly no help. Whats the point of struggling every day if you know things will never get better. Sometimes people are trapped by their circumstanses. Doesn’t mean they are depressed,it means they just cant take it any more. No amount of compassion or smiles actually helps anyone swallow perpetual adverse circumstances. Thats a kind of a polly-anna outlook that has nothing to do with reality. Even if help is available its not actually available for everyone. Lots of people are stuck in the middle. Not poor enough to qualify for help and not rich enough to survive and pay for what they need. No family, no friends, no support system with tangible help . I would think that if someone got to the point that they jumped off a bridge that they had probably been thinking about it for a very long time. Its a last resort move when all other avenues have been exhausted and every ounce of hope for change has been squashed.

    Comment by sophista-tiki — 5:33 pm May 24, 2013 #

  72. From the cases listed on the Medical Examiner’s media hotline today, it appears our suicide victim was a 54-year-old woman from the north side of the city. RIP.

    Comment by WSB — 6:01 pm May 24, 2013 #

  73. I don’t want to discourage anyone from trying to help a suicidal person, but I want you to know, that if the person you’re dealing with has made up their mind, you won’t be able to stop them. I’m saying this in the hopes it prevents some hopeful helper from feeling guilty if they try to prevent a suicide and are unable to do so-not to discourage anyone from trying to help. If you think you can help, for the love of humanity, please, try.

    I’ve walked this particular horrific road, and really, there’s nothing anyone else can do to get you to the other side. The best explanation of suicidal ideation I’ve ever read-which made me burst into tears, by the way- came from the author David Foster Wallace, who sadly took his own life some time after this explanation:

    “The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom Its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise. Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows. Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view; i.e. the fear of falling remains a constant. The variable here is the other terror, the fire’s flames: when the flames get close enough, falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors. It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames. And yet nobody down on the sidewalk, looking up and yelling ‘Don’t!’ and ‘Hang on!’, can understand the jump. Not really. You’d have to have personally been trapped and felt flames to really understand a terror way beyond falling.”

    Sometimes, the flames get too close, and all the smiles and hopeful talk in the world won’t extinguish them. I hope this poor woman found escape from the flames; and I wish so very much that the flames had not crept so close to her.

    I’ve posted on this forum many times, but this feels too personal, too close. I’m going anonymous for this one, sorry.

    Comment by Grieving — 8:18 pm May 24, 2013 #

  74. God speed to this woman and to you all, and “grieving”… you just made me cry… im glad you made it through your darkest moment… I did too.

    Comment by (\B/) — 12:42 am May 25, 2013 #

  75. Since I’m such a terrible communicator. This article sums up what I was trying to tell you all.

    http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/LETHAL-BEAUTY-No-easy-death-Suicide-by-bridge-2562269.php

    Comment by tk — 12:52 am May 25, 2013 #

  76. I was on the C bus and witnessed the first cop pull over by the white car and look over the edge. ):

    Comment by mardingo — 3:10 am May 25, 2013 #

  77. I know how unsettling it is to witness something like this. I travel both the WS bridge and Aurora bridge on a daily basis, and I’ve seen three incidents over the years. It always stays with you, and you just wonder when it’ll happen again. My condolences to this woman’s family.

    There’s a very good documentary called The Bridge that gives some good insight about what drove some people into taking their own lives by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. The common thread seemed to be that these individuals were so desperately tormented and in such emotional pain that for them suicide was the only means to escape.

    Comment by Ray West — 5:12 am May 25, 2013 #

  78. Grieving, thank you for sharing your perspective.

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    I truly hope that you are now thousands of miles away from that horrific road…

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    Mike

    Comment by miws — 7:00 am May 25, 2013 #

  79. I find myself pouring over these comments looking for closure with my own experience in suicide of a family member. I feel sad for the woman and most especially her family. The woman is finally free from her terror is how I see it, but her loved ones are left with an enormous list of emotions, guilt, regret, etc…

    Love what you have shared “Grieving.” It truly helps and will help others who need to read it.

    Peace…..

    Comment by justme — 9:03 am May 25, 2013 #

  80. Sometimes I feel like I don’t have a partner,sometimes I feel like my only friend, is the City I live in the City of Emeralds lonely as I am together we cry….

    Comment by pfftt — 5:43 pm May 25, 2013 #

  81. Thank you sophista-tiki and Grieving and tk

    Comment by Diane — 9:23 pm May 25, 2013 #

  82. I have known the woman who died for nearly 25 years. I would describe the deceased as a lady–a very kind and gentle lady. She had been battling a deepening depression for the last two years. The kind words of support and compassion will greatly ease the hearts and minds of our friends. I am so proud to be a member of the West Seattle Community. Your condolences have been comforting to those of us who knew and loved her. Thank you.

    Comment by jlws83 — 12:16 am May 27, 2013 #

  83. jlws83, condolences to you, and the others that knew this woman.

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    Mike

    Comment by miws — 1:31 pm May 27, 2013 #

  84. Her name was Laryn Anderson. She was my Maid if Honor and she was 54 at the time she gave up. Beautiful,intelligent, kind, caring, loving, outdoors person. She loved to ski, kayak, bicycle and hike. She seemed to have many troubling issues. She was a frail girl, every situation was a challenge.
    She jumped the day before my birthday. What a way to celebrate.
    My Father and Mother committed suicide within 6 months of each other. Then my husband’s father passes away. My cat died and now my friend has taken her life with no explanation.
    If she had just talked to us or anyone I don’t think would have happened. I am deeply sad to hear this from a relative.
    We all loved Laryn, I guess it just wasn’t what she needed.

    Comment by Bonnie Jacobsen — 12:56 am May 28, 2013 #

  85. Bonnie: thank you for posting and putting a name and story to the woman who left this world. I am so sorry. Like many others here, I know the delicate path she walked and that this outcome could have been any one of us. Peace to all.

    Comment by Carraig na Splinkeen — 6:59 am May 28, 2013 #

  86. Oh, Bonnie, words almost seem so hollow in a situation as this, but I’m so sorry that you have had to deal with all of this.

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    My own Father died by suicide in 1972. He had attempted before, around four years earlier, which was around a year after my Mom had died of Cancer.

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    He did it about a month before my 14th Birthday, but even worse, it was the day before my older Brother’s 17th Birthday. They had been having problems getting along, and I always wondered if Dad chose that day intentionally, or if he was just so broken emotionally, that it didn’t even cross his mind, or he didn’t care.

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    Please take good care, Bonnie.

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    Mike

    Comment by miws — 7:31 am May 28, 2013 #

  87. Thank you, Bonnie. Im so sorry for your losses… <3

    Comment by I'mcoveredinbees — 5:35 pm May 28, 2013 #

  88. I knew Laryn, too, and sadly this was not her first attempt. I think back to a phone call from her a few months ago and wish I would’ve listened more. While her depression was known, Laryn’s passing has left many grieving with unanswered questions and wondering if they, too, could’ve done something more to help.

    Comment by Anonymous — 8:25 pm May 30, 2013 #

  89. I went to high school with Laryn, and got to briefly re-connect a few years ago when she visited my home town. She was very kind,and a lot of fun to be with. I am deeply grieved to hear of her struggle and her passing. My thoughts and prayers are with her family & loved ones.

    Comment by Jan — 4:51 pm May 31, 2013 #

  90. I lived on the same street as Laryn in high school. I got to reconnect at a reunion a few years back. She was a kind, living, wonderful, and beautiful lady. And I mean a lady with a capital L. This is such a loss for many of us.

    Comment by Debra — 5:11 pm May 31, 2013 #

  91. So sad. I just heard she passed yesterday. She posted a goodbye message on Facebook a couple of weeks ago and I felt compelled to call her. We spoke for a while and I thought she was going to be okay. I know there was nothing I could have said or done but sure wish it would have had a more positive impact. RIP Laryn.

    Comment by Friend — 6:52 pm May 31, 2013 #

  92. For the record, Ms. Anderson’s obituary has just appeared:
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    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/seattletimes/obituary.aspx?pid=165305071

    Comment by WSB — 3:31 pm June 15, 2013 #

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