A New York woman who jumped to her death from a rooftop bar was discovered to be a former Hasidic Jew who had allegedly been planning to help others leave the religion.
Faigy Mayer, 30, went to 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar in New York City on Monday and climbed to the ledge of a terrace before jumping to her death, according to the NY Daily News. After the jump, some bar patrons reportedly continued to drink.
“I was walking across the street and I saw she was falling,” witness Dale Martin said. “You can tell it was a lady. She had on shoes and a dress.”
Mayer left Hasidic Judaism five years ago, and marked the fifth anniversary with a post on social media.
“The next five years were incredibly hard but also incredibly rewarding,” she wrote. “I've sort of lost all my family but I've made many amazing wonderful friends instead. I am so grateful for the life I have and the blessings therein!
“I hope to be an inspiration for others who leave,” the post continued. “It's been 5 years and I've made it!”
At the time of her death, Mayer was reportedly developing an app to help former Hasidim find places to go for help and assistance, as well as an app to help homeless gay and lesbian youth.
“She was very passionate about helping out,” friend Jason Wisdom told NY Daily News. “She was a tech entrepreneur at heart.”
Despite reportedly being in a good place around the time of her death, Mayer also had a history with depression.
“She was hospitalized three times for depression,” friend Chaim Levin said. “She was having some trouble."
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