A New York City couple jumped to their deaths in midtown Manhattan early Friday morning, and left notes blaming their suicide on overwhelming financial burdens.
The New York Post reports that Glenn Scarpelli, 53, and his wife Patricia Colant, 50, leapt from the ninth floor of an office building in Murray Hill and were found dead on Madison Avenue at about 5:45 a.m. Friday morning.
Both Mr. Scarpelli and Ms. Colant had suicide notes in their pockets. Scarpelli’s note was entitled “We had a wonderful life,” but that the couple had recently experienced a “financial spiral” and could no longer cope with the “financial reality.”
The newspaper corrected an earlier report that the couple had cited healthcare costs as the reason for their double suicide. There was reportedly no mention of medical expenses in the suicide notes.
Colant’s note reportedly asked for the couple’s children to be looked after.
“Our kids are upstairs, please take care of them.”
Witnesses told the New York Post they were shocked by the scene.
“When I got here at 6:05 a.m., I walked by dead bodies on the ground,” said a woman who works at a nearby 7-11.
“I was scared. I’ve never seen dead bodies before.”
Scarpelli’s chiropractor practice was reportedly on the same floor of the office building where the couple jumped to their deaths. The ages and identities of their children are not yet known.