A 21-year-old student in Hong Kong died Saturday afternoon after jumping from a building in Hong Kong’s Fanling town in New Territories East.
Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene, and friends and family members who arrived shortly afterwards were inconsolable.
Local news reports identified the woman as a music student at the Department of Cultural and Creative Arts at the Education University of Hong Kong.
According to the Hong Kong Police, the woman was suffering from relationship problems, having just broken up with her boyfriend, and had sought psychiatric help at the North District Hospital.
Her final message
A note written in red by the young woman on the wall of the staircase landing where she made the fateful jump tells a different story, however.
The message, scribbled in red on the 24th floor of the Fuk Tai House, comprising of some 100 Chinese characters, was quickly covered up by local police.
“While we have been resisting for so long, we must absolutely not forget the values that we’ve held all this while,” she wrote. “You must persevere on.”
“I would use my little life as a sacrifice to fulfill the wishes of two million people, but please press on,” she emphasized.
She went on to demand for the “complete withdrawal of the extradition bill”, “rescission of the categorisation of the anti-extradtion protests as riots”, “release of student protestors”， “resignation of Carrie Lam” and “punishment of the police”.
She then snapped a photo of what was to be her final message and uploaded it to her Instagram account.
Concerned friends immediately tried to get a hold of her, but knew something was amiss when she failed to respond.
By 9pm, over a hundred Hongkongers had arrived at the scene to mourn the loss of the young woman by lighting candles and offering flowers.
Legislators put spotlight on mental health
Hong kong legislator Roy Kwong, who spent many hours two weeks ago trying to dissuade a man from jumping down a mall in Admiralty, took to Facebook to write a heartfelt message that was widely shared.
“I know that you are hurting, I understand, because I’m just like you, hurting deep down inside but failing to find the words to sooth it,” he wrote.
“But we absolutely cannot accept anything else happening to any one of our comrades any more. Promise us, that you’ll take good care of yourselves, okay?”
“We are all one body, but we are not one person,” he added.
The world lauded our leaderless movement, courage, strategies, & turnout. Don't forget, #HongKongProtests are also about taking care of one another. I ask all of you to be kind to comrades & show that you care. Struggles are never easy but we'll outlive this Fascist regime. #RIP
— Ray Chan (@ray_slowbeat) June 29, 2019
Today we mourn the loss of another friend and fellow freedom fighter in HK. We will not leave anyone behind – what we start together, we finish together. Given the losses suffered by HK society in the past month, the gov would be well-advised to face its grave mistake.
— Joshua Wong 黃之鋒 (@joshuawongcf) June 29, 2019
– Do not leave the person alone
– Remove any sharp objects, alcohol, drugs or firearms that could be used in a suicide attempt
– Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional
– Call the following hotlines for help in Hong Kong: The Samaritans 2896 0000 [24 hours in English and Chinese]