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Tragic moment mom leaps from bridge with son in murder-suicide

Boy, 10, grabs onto side of bridge and begs his mother, 32, not to jump seconds before she kills them both after being ‘hounded by debt collectors’

  • WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS IMAGES THAT MAY BE UPSETTING TO VIEWERS
  • A 10-year-old boy gripped onto the side of a bridge and and begged his mom not to jump
  • The tragic murder-suicide took place this week in central-western Columbia
  • Jessy Paola Moreno Cruz had been hounded by debt collectors recently
  • She jumped from the La Variante Bridge with her son, May Ceballos, in her arms
  • Emergency responders are seen pleading with Cruz not to jump, but efforts were successful 
  • The depressed mom frequently posted glamorous selfies to social media as well as photos next to her son during happier times

A 10-year-old boy gripped onto the side of a bridge and begged his mother not to leap, seconds before he was tragically killed in a murder-suicide. 

Investigators say Jessy Paola Moreno Cruz, 32, had been hounded by debt collectors and evicted from her home recently, before making the fatal decision to jump 330 feet from the La Variante Bridge in Tolima, Columbia, with her petrified son, May Ceballos, in her arms.

Emergency responders and community members were captured on video DailyMail.com has chosen not to publish pleading with the depressed mother not to leap, but their efforts were unsuccessful.  

Firefighter Rafel Rico said in a statement to local media: ‘They begged her not to do it and tried to convince her to stop… but sadly, she took the fatal decision.’ 

Jessy Paola Moreno Cruz, 32, held her son, May Ceballos, in her arms before leaping from the La Variante Bridge in Tolima, Columbia this week. The mother had been hounded by debt collectors and evicted from her home recently

Cruz and her son are seen smiling in a Facebook photo during happier times

Cruz and her son are seen smiling in a Facebook photo during happier times

An emergency responder was heard in the video clip shouting in disbelief: ‘Oh my God… she threw herself off!’ 

Another was seen sobbing as he falls to his knees after witnessing the upsetting events play out. 

Ibague mayor Guillermo Alfonso Jaramillo later spoke about the tragedy, telling reporters: ‘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,’ Jaramillo said.

Cruz’s Facebook page states that she and her son resided in Ibagué, Tolima.

Emergency responders and community members are seen  pleading with the depressed woman not to jump

Emergency responders and community members are seen pleading with the depressed woman not to jump

A responder falls to his knees and breaks down in tears after witnessing the incident

A responder falls to his knees and breaks down in tears after witnessing the incident

One firefighter at the scene, Rafel Rico, said in a statement: 'They begged her not to do it and tried to convince her to stop... but sadly, she took the fatal decision'

One firefighter at the scene, Rafel Rico, said in a statement: ‘They begged her not to do it and tried to convince her to stop… but sadly, she took the fatal decision’

A woman cries near the scene of a murder-suicide in central-western Colombia

A woman cries near the scene of a murder-suicide in central-western Colombia

The murder-suicide is currently being investigated further

The murder-suicide is currently being investigated further

The single mom frequently shared glamorous selfies and photos of herself with her child during happier times. 

In August, Cruz shared a picture of herself along with the mood caption: ‘Feeling fantastic.’

The murder-suicide is currently being investigated further.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

For confidential support, call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch. See www.samaritans.org for details. 

Cruz frequently posted glamorous Facebook selfies and photos of herself with her son

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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