A New York City couple in financial straits committed suicide by jumping out of the window of an office building, leaving behind their two children.
The bodies of the unidentified couple were found the morning of July 28 in the middle of 33rd Street, between Park and Madison avenues, according to the New York Post. They had both jumped from the ninth floor of a 17-story office building that is situated just one block from the Empire State Building.
The Daily Mail reports that the man was a 53-year-old chiropractor. It is not clear yet whether his 50-year-old wife was part of his practice.
The bodies were covered in white sheets and the entire block was temporarily closed off as police investigated.
Witness Perry Kim, who works at the Pure Green juice shop on the same block, told the Daily Mail that he was outside around 5:30 a.m. when he heard a shout. When he looked up he saw two people falling through the air. His manager dialed 911 and authorities were on the scene within minutes.
Javier Guzman said the bodies were still lying in the road when he arrived to work at a nearby shoe repair shop around 6:45 a.m.
"I didn't recognize them but they looked young -- in their forties," he told the Daily Mail.
A 7-Eleven employee who identified herself as Kazi told the New York Post that she was shaken up by what she saw when she came into work.
"When I got here at 6:05 a.m., I walked by dead bodies on the ground," she explained. "I was scared. I’ve never seen dead bodies before."
A source familiar with the investigation told the New York Post that suicide notes were found on both bodies.
"WE HAD A WONDERFUL LIFE," the note found in the man's pocket begins, according to the source. "Patricia and I had everything in life."
It goes on to describe a "financial spiral" and indicates that the couple were unable to afford necessary medical treatment.
"We both have medical issues, we just can’t afford the health care," the note reads.
In the woman's pocket, police found a note that said something to the effect of: "Our kids are upstairs, please take care of them."
The suicides took place as the GOP's efforts to repeal Obamacare fell apart on the floor of the Senate. Arizona Sen. John McCain, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, was one of three Republicans to reject the measure, which failed by a vote of 49-51, according to Politico.
"I do my job as a senator," McCain said of his vote, explaining that in his judgment, the proposal didn't provide an adequate alternative to Obamacare.