The 33-year-old single mother jumped from a 330ft bridge with her son in the murder-suicide.
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A single mother jumped from a 330ft high bridge with her son in her arms in a murder-suicide. The 32-year-old Jessy Paola Moreno Cruz was homeless and evicted along with her son from their home. The debt-ridden mother felt so hopeless about their situation, she saw this as the only way out. A doctor, psychologist, police officers, and firefighters apparently spent an hour trying to persuade her to change her mind, reports The Sun. Even the 10-year-old allegedly begged his mother not to jump. But she did so from the 100-meter bridge, killing them both. The heartbreaking incident took place on the La Variante Bridge in the community of Ibague in Tolima, central-western Colombia.
"They begged her not to do it and tried to convince her to stop but sadly she took the fatal decision," firefighter Rafel Rico told reporters. Agencies including officials from the Ministry of Health of Ibague were also present at the scene. Ibague mayor Guillermo Alfonso Jaramillo told Radio Cadenal that initial investigations showed that debt collectors had been haranguing the mother. “This ends up hurting or even costing the life of the person… this lady, who was a single mother, unfortunately, was desperate at the pressure of [paying back] debts.” He added that similar circumstances, with people being “extorted, intimidated, blackmailed or threatened with death” was “something that is monstrous and is occurring in Colombia as a whole”.
Jessy Paola Moreno Cruz was experiencing immense financial stress after being burdened with debt. Before the suicide, Jessy left behind a note where she talked about how she was being threatened by loan sharks and debt collectors. "I cannot tolerate the idea that somebody could hurt you because of what I did, I prefer that we leave and forget this world," the mother wrote in her suicide note which was published by the local media, reported Mirror. "I have no hope, I have been defeated and humiliated. 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."
She continued in the letter, "I will be told I am 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”. The bodies of the mother and son were found in the local river and their funeral was attended by loved ones and local residents.