Jayah Ram Jackson, 15, is the teenager who jumped 27 stories to her death today from the roof of her grandmother’s Upper West Side apartment, reports The Daily News. She was pronounced dead at the scene on Amsterdam Avenue at 10:40 a.m., south of 96th street.
Here’s what you need to know about Jackson and her tragic demise:
1. Her Grandmother Didn’t Know She Was in the Building
According to The Daily News, her grandmother lived in the building where she killed herself, but the grandmother didn’t know Jackson was in the building. A neighbor told the paper that the doorman would have let her in because she visited all the time. The neighbor says Jackson went straight to the roof. She lived “less than two blocks” away from where she was found dead according to The Daily News.
The New York Post quotes the building’s doorman, David Foster, saying, “Such a sweet girl. I never knew she had any problem.”
The building is shown here on 711 Amsterdam Avenue:
2. She Spoke About Suicide on Facebook
On February 11, Jackson had talked about killing herself on Facebook, claiming that “so many people want me to.” She also stated: “i’m actually just going to wait for someone to make a petition for me to kill myself because it’s inevitable,,, like, we all see it coming.”
3. Jackson Suffered From ‘Psychological Problems
The Daily News quoted police sources telling them that she had “psychological problems.” Her participation on controversial forum Ask.fm and a similar site, Hatena, showed a girl who was screaming for help, in one post she spoke about bullying:
In another she said that she had cut herself in the past:
4. Jackson Went to a School for Gifted Students
On her Facebook page, Jackson says that she is married and lists her job as “being a Nobody at Nobody Land.”
5. Jackson Is a Fan of Japanese Art
Her Facebook likes indicate that she’s a fan of Japanese cartoons and artwork.
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