Last year, a 32-year-old single mother from Ibagué, Colombia, jumped off of a 330-foot bridge while holding her son, taking both of their lives in the process. The incident took place on February 7, 2019, at the La Variante Bridge, in the community area of Tolima, Ibagué. Bystanders were unable to do anything to help, but some managed to record some video footage and take some photos of those final moments.
According to investigators, the mother, Jessy Paola Moreno Cruz was in the midst of a financial crisis and had been recently kicked out of her home. With no resources to rent a new place to stay, her and her son became homeless for a period of time, and she spiraled into a deep d-epression. Feeling like she had nowhere else to turn, Cruz made the tragic decision to take her own life, and to take her child with her.
Local reporters who were on the scene said that the young boy was pleading with his mother not to jump in the minutes before she made the plunge. An ambulance quickly arrived on the scene but sadly there was nothing that anyone could do but pull the bodies out of the water. A joint funeral later took place for both the mother and her son.
Investigators say that Cruz was being threatened by loan sharks and left behind a s-uicide note that elaborated on the events that led up to her decision.
Her letter stated that:
“I cannot tolerate the idea that somebody could hurt you because of what I did, I prefer that we leave and forget this world. I have no hope, I have been defeated and humiliated. The man who told me he loved me left me alone, very alone. 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. I will be told I am a 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.”
Nearly 800,000 people die by s-uicide in the world each year, which is roughly one death every 40 seconds. S-uicide is the 2nd leading cause of d-eath in the world for those aged 15-24 years. S-uicide accounted for 1.4% of all deaths worldwide, making it the 18th leading cause of death in 2016, according to the World Health Organization.
16 Rare Photos Of 9/11 Attacks You Probably Haven’t Seen Before
It has been 19 long years since the devastating 9/11 attacks and while there are a host of unanswered questions which lead to conspiratorial speculation. Today is an iconic day to remember those who lost their lives on September 11th in the U.S. Coverage of the American Airlines tragedy during which nearly 3,000 perished was the main priority that day for most Western news agencies (the scenes of the twin towers collapsing with distressed people inside were witnessed by an estimated two billion people following the attacks.)
It’s 19 years today, that 19 hijackers associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda committed murder/suicide taking over four fuel-loaded U.S. commercial airplanes, injuring more than 6,000 people. The immediate deaths included 265 on the four planes (including the terrorists), 2,606 in the World Trade Center and in the surrounding area, and 125 at the Pentagon.
Two of the planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The 19 men smuggled box-cutters and knives through security at three East Coast airports and boarded four early-morning flights bound for California, chosen because the planes were loaded with fuel for the long transcontinental route.
Anewspost has collected some of the shocking photos of the towers seen on 9/11 from across the internet. From street-shots of the twin towers attack to satellite images of New York City, these historical photos reveal new angles of the horrific day that changed the world and more specifically America forever. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and yet many of these leave you both speechless and breathless.
#1. Bystanders At Park Row And Beekman Street Look Up In Shock As The South Tower Begins To Collapse
#2. A Photographer Leaned Out His Window And Caught The Moment Before The Second Plane’s Impact
#3. People Taking Their Last Breathes Jumping From The Towers Trying To Escape The Flames And Being Burned Alive A Horrific Sight To See.
#4. People Run Down Broadway As A Smoke And Dust Cloud Comes Up The Street From The Collapsing World Trade Center Buildings
#5. A Man Delivering A Package With The World Trade Centers Smoking Behind Him.
#6. American Airlines Flight 11 (Upper Right-Hand Corner Of The Photo) Approaches The North Tower Of The World Trade Center Before Impact.
7. South Tower Of The World Trade Center Amid Collapse
#8. The South Tower Is Falling To The Ground With A Church’s Cross Visible In The Foreground Of The Image.
#9. A Pregnant Woman Is Oblivious To What Is Happening Behind Her While Having Her Picture Taken.
#10. Photo of South Tower Right After The Plane Slammed Into it.
#11. A Man Runs Down Broadway As A Smoke And Dust Cloud Fills The Street From The Collapsing Of The World Trade Center Buildings
#12. Landsat 7 Satellite Image Of New York City Shows Smoke Plume Over NYC.
#13. A Plane Explodes After Hitting The Second Tower Of The World Trade Center As The Other Tower Burns Next To It.
#14. Close Up View Of The First Tower Collapsing.
#15. People Outside Relaxing With The Towers Burning In The Background Of The Scene.
#16. Twin Towers Burn Behind The Iconic Empire State Building.
These are just some of the shocking rare photos found surrounding 911. To those families who lost loved ones on this fateful day we hope you found peace. For the rest of us, September 11th is a day we will never forget ingrained in our history and memory by pictures like those in this article.
Horrific Video Shows Moment Second Plane Hits World Trade Center Towers On 9/11
A horrific video clip was taken of the second plane crashing into the world trade center towers nearly two decades ago. The video was taken by Caroline Dries, who was a New York University student at the time. She took the video from her dorm room at the university on the 32nd floor.
Caroline and her roommate were woken up just before 9am by the sound of an explosion, which was the first airplane hitting the tower. She knew that something important was happening so she began filming right away.
The two women were watching the scene unfold and wondering what was happening, but once the second plane hit they realized that terrorists could be responsible for the attack.
“It’s terrorists…what do we do?” one of the girls can be heard shouting.
After leaving their dorm one of the girls can be heard saying, “I don’t want to be on the 32nd floor of this building any more.”
After graduating, Caroline went on to become a successful television producer who worked on hit shows like Smallville and The Vampire Diaries.
The video can be seen below:
On that day nearly twenty years ago, four passenger airliners were hijacked. Two of the planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, crashed into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Within an hour and 42 minutes, both 110-story towers collapsed. A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, later crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia, which led to a partial collapse of the building’s west side. The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, was initially flown toward Washington, D.C., but crashed into a field in Stonycreek Township, Pennsylvania, because passengers revolted.
The attacks resulted in 2,977 fatalities, over 25,000 injuries, and numerous long-term health consequences for first responders. 9/11 is recognized the single deadliest terrorist attack in human history and the single deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers in the history of the United States, with 343 and 72 killed. Other buildings nearby, such as the World Trade Center building 7.
Weeks after the attack, the death count was estimated to be over 6,000, which is more than twice the number of deaths eventually confirmed. The city was only able to identify remains for about 1,600 of the World Trade Center victims. The medical examiner’s office collected “about 10,000 unidentified bone and tissue fragments that cannot be matched to the list of the dead”.
Bone fragments were still being found in 2006 by workers who were preparing to demolish the damaged Deutsche Bank Building. In 2010, a team of anthropologists and archaeologists searched for human remains and personal items at the Fresh Kills Landfill, where 72 more traces of human remains were recovered, bringing the total found to 1,845. DNA profiling continues in an attempt to identify additional victims. The remains are currently being held in storage in Memorial Park, outside the New York City Medical Examiner’s facilities.
The attacks were quickly blamed on terrorists in the Middle East, and the US government began multiple wars that are still taking place today.
The Story Behind The Iconic “Falling Man”
There were many iconic photos and videos taken during the tragic Events that took place on September 11, 2001. However, the images and videos of the “falling man” who leapt to his death to escape the building are by far the most disturbing. As the planes struck the World Trade Center buildings in New York City on that historic day, many occupants in the building desperately rushed for safety.
Sadly, many people were unable to find an exit to escape, and instead jumped from the building. These jumpers likely knew that they were going to die, but the fate of being kllled by the fire in the building was far more terrifying.
One of the clearest photos of this tragic occurrence was taken by Associated Press photographer Richard Drew.
In a later interview, Drew recalled the photo, saying that, “It’s a very quiet photograph. It’s not like a lot of other violent photographs from other disasters.”
According to Drew, when he took the picture he had no clue that he was in the midst of a terror attack that would change history. Drew says that on the morning of September 11, he was working the first day of Fashion Week in the city.
While on the set of Fashion Week, Drew was told about the incident taking place at the World Trade Center, so he caught a train across town and rushed to the scene.
When drew arrived at ground zero, he found that the situation was far worse than he expected. One of the first sights he witnessed was people jumping from buildings.
“I didn’t know I had that photograph of that man in that position until I actually saw it on my computer. I called one of our photo editors and I showed him the picture and I said ‘This is it, this has got to be the picture,’” Drew recalled.
However, once the photo was published it was met by criticism because many people felt that the image was too graphic.
“It was a very brave thing for them to use that picture. It was the only picture that was like that… the only picture that showed any kind of human interaction [with the building] like that,” Drew explained.
Sadly, the victim in the photo has never been identified.
“We don’t know if he died on the way down… they say there are rumors that you die before you… you know, if you fall… We don’t know if he was forced out by [the] fire or if he chose his fate,” Drew said.
The body of the man was never recovered, but there have been some theories about his identity.
One Canadian reporter with The Globe and Mail, believes that the man was Norberto Hernandez, a pastry chef at Windows on the World, a cafe on the 106th floor of the North Tower. At first, the man’s family agreed with the theory, but after studying the video they believed he was wearing different clothes on that day.
A reporter for Esquire said that the victim was a different Windows on the World employee. The Esquire reporter believed that the victim was a sound engineer named Jonathan Briley, who was the Manager at Windows on the World. In this case, the man’s family said that the clothing matched.
“When I first looked at the picture […] and I saw it was a man — tall, slim, I said, ‘If I didn’t know any better, that could be Jonathan,‘” his sister Gwendolyn told The Sunday Mirror.
Drew says that he thinks he made the right decision taking the photo that day.
“I’ve never regretted taking that photograph. It’s one of the only photographs that shows someone dying that day. We have a terrorist attack on our own soil and we still don’t have pictures of people dying,” he said.
However, Drew doesn’t believe that the man’s identity is incredibly important because he can be a symbol for the many people who died on that day.
“I like to think of him as sort of the unknown soldier. Let him represent everyone that had that fate that day,” Drew said.
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