Heart-wrenching new details emerged Monday about the tragic death of a 17-year-old girl who jumped from her family’s luxury Manhattan high-rise — including how her horrified mom was home at the time, according to police sources.
The teenager, who hasn’t been publicly identified by authorities, was in the eighth-floor Upper East Side apartment with her mom and her aunt shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday when she leaped to her death, the sources said.
“The mom’s inside the apartment with her sister when she hears a loud thud,” a law enforcement source said. “She looked out the fire escape window and saw her daughter.”
Police and locals have revealed little about the tragedy. Neighbors said the girl’s father is an investment banker with JP Morgan Chase, but that they hadn’t seen him around much recently.
“He has two daughters and they usually come over and say hi,” the doorman at another apartment building on the block said Monday. “Very nice people. Very nice.”
He added: “I haven’t seen them in the last few weeks. They haven’t been around. Yesterday, I went on my lunch and a minute later she jumped. It’s terrible. Shock.”
Co-op apartments in the nine-story prewar building at 122 East 82nd Street list for as much as $5 million, according to StreetEasy.com.
Another doorman said it was the second apparent suicide on the block in six months.
A 27-year-old man leaped to his death on June 19 from 131 East 82nd St., an apartment building across the street, according to the East Side Feed blog.
In September 2019, a 65-year-old woman fell or jumped from a building at East End Avenue and East 82nd Street and survived.
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or are experiencing a mental health crisis and live in New York City, you can call 1-888-NYC-WELL for free and confidential crisis counseling. If you live outside the five boroughs, you can dial the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention hotline at 988 or go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.
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