Yesterday, I received a letter from a sociologist who lives in the high-rise 500 Brickell. The tenant reports that this past Saturday, a young man jumped from the luxury building. It's the 17th case in Miami-Dade since the condo boom of 2007.
The email begins, "I happen to live in a brand-new Brickell high-rise and JUST this past Saturday a young man in his mid-late 20s jumped off the 36th floor of my building right on my line (I live on the 15th floor. We saw the police tape, gurney, and I got a slight glance of the body (my heart stopped). I didn't see media or too much 'action'. In a matter of minutes, everything was cleaned up and it was as if nothing had ever happened. I searched the internet, but could not find anything. I wanted to write to you because I have been very disturbed about the whole thing and because I really don't know anyone else who has the interest you have in this topic. I mean, what drove this person to do this? The age-old question! He passed right before by unit -- was it when I got up to go to the kitchen? What if I was sitting on my balcony playing with my daughter like I usually do? I can't seem to erase this from my mind."
It continues, "I don't know if you are familiar with the building, but it's a gorgeous, posh building that's about a year old and most of the tenants are young professionals.
An interesting thing I learned from my colleagues is that the media doesn't usually report suicides because of the sensationalism and the copycats. Then you have the case of the Coral Gables High teen who got [stabbed] last week and all the copycats who took weapons to school the next day. Now why do you think the media reports this, NON-STOP? That's sensationalism if I ever saw it! As a researcher, I am very interested in knowing what happened in my building."
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