With the rise of social media and the technological progress of cell phones, news that would otherwise go untold is broadcast across the Internet instantaneously.
As we’ve discussed in the past, only attempted suicides by jumping off of the Coronado Bridge are officially reported. When people do actually jump to their deaths, no report is given to the public.
Sadly, we had one of each yesterday…
In the early morning hours, a man was seen contemplating jumping off of the bridge. After several hours of talking with a negotiator, he was quietly taken into custody and “saved”.
Later that day, a woman followed in his footsteps, only she was successful in her attempt. This may or may not have been told to the public but for a Coronado resident who witnessed the jump and spread his experience over the web. It was also later reported that her body was found floating in the bay.
It makes me wonder just how many suicides the bridge experiences each year. And are they are the rise?
What we have seen is that this act has no boundaries – it happens with people of all ages, it has no gender preference, or any other preferences that are clear. It is purely an act of desperate people.
Desperate people that leave devastated loved ones behind questioning, agonizing, filled in many cased with the guilt of “What if… or If only…”
I have lived in Coronado for over 14 years now and one of the many things I love about it is the sense of community and if you look beyond all of the tourists, its small town feel.
The suicide of a member of this community is jarring. Are we as a community missing something or have we lost something that we have so many members of our community wanting to end their lives?
I look at the bridge as a thing of beauty whether gazing at it from land or crossing it looking at Coronado nestled between the ocean and the bay with Pt. Loma standing guard. It is hard for me to think that so many think of it as an instrument of death.
Our thoughts, prayers and healing energy go out to those who have lost a loved one by their jumping off of the bridge.