A 60-year-old woman held her tiny lap dog as she jumped off her 46-story luxury Midtown apartment building, leaving both dead in the aftermath.
According to the New York Post, the deaths happened at The Victory apartment complex in Hell's Kitchen at just before 1 pm on Friday afternoon. Both the woman and the dog were declared dead on the scene, according to police.
The unidentified Manhattan woman had just finished her last meal on top of the high-rise apartment complex where she lived when she leaped with her little pooch, a rescue dog, police and sources said. She left behind a handwritten note discussing stress before she walked to the edge and jumped, sources said. Bottles of medication were found in her apartment, according to the Post's sources.
Local resident Dimitri Wallace told the Post he was sitting on the roof of the building across the street from The Victory moments before the woman jumped. A paper airplane note floated by and landed next to him, he said.
"You are blessed" was written on one of its wings, while "Stay strong. You'll get through this!" was on the other, he said. "It landed on my roof up here, like directly above. I was like 'Oh s–t, is somebody OK?'" Wallace said.
He said he threw the paper airplane off the roof. "I wanted to just send it to whoever … just passing along a positive message," Wallace stated.
Hesham Almakaleh, a 20-year-old security guard at a charter school across the street, added, "How could you just grab your dog?" He said it was a good thing that school wasn't in session so that students didn't have to witness the bloody scene.
There's no other details known at this time. The police investigation is ongoing.
New York Daily News has more details, including a picture of the area where firefighters and paramedics arrived. Witnesses told the outlet she landed on the side of the building after jumping off the roof.
An anonymous passerby said: "I saw the traffic divert. I thought it was garbage thrown in the street by some guy or something. Then I got closer and I realized that was not garbage, and I got the hell out of there."