Marina Hamblin-Rock, 15, Commits Suicide By Jumping Off What Locals Are Calling The "Suicide Bridge"
The Oregon State Medical Examiner confirmed that he girl who jumped from the Vista Bridge yesterday is 15-year-old Marina Hamblin-Rock of Beaverton. The Medical Examiner also determined the cause of death to be a suicide.
Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts.
Suicide is preventable.
Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare has an urgent walk-in clinic, open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 7 days a week. Payment is not necessary. If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please visit Cascadia or call (503) 963-2575.
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This morning, Wednesday June 5, 2013, at 11:17 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the TriMet MAX tracks below the Vista Bridge on the report of a female who'd jumped from the Vista Bridge.
Portland Police and Portland Fire & Rescue arrived and confirmed the adult female was deceased.
The MAX line is shut down in both directions as officers begin to conduct a death investigation. Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division and the Medical Examiner have been called to the scene.
A “suicide bridge” is trending in the news today, and with many recent deaths — including that of a 15-year-old girl — taking place on the “cursed” bridge, it’s not hard to see why. Yahoo! News reported this Sunday, June 9, that some citizens in Portland, Oregon, have asked that this bridge in which numerous suicides have taken place in past years be restricted, or at least have a barrier to serve as a warning for people thinking about the tragic act of taking their own lives.
The so-called “suicide bridge” resides in Portland, Oregon, a full 12 stories atop a traffic-ridden street. This January, a woman committed suicide by jumping of the arched bridge. Then in May, a man also killed himself from the bridge. Now, a 15-year-old girl recently killed herself by following in the footsteps of the former two individuals, including others in former years.
The Globe added that these devastating deaths no longer come as a surprise to those familiar with the suicide bridge, which goes by the common name of the Vista Bridge. The tragedies have led some to believe that the bridge itself may even be cursed, but perhaps its lofty heights and stunning look have led to a sort of suicide spree for people in Portland sadly thinking of committing suicide.
In fact, one attorney who works near the bridge, has even heard the terrible crunching of people’s bodies as they hit against the pavement after plummeting to their deaths.
Now, some citizens near the “suicide bridge” are hoping the city might create a barrier of sorts—essentially suicide-prevention walls—to help deter people from going through with such a sad, unnecessary, and impulsive act.
Fellow readers, do you similarly believe that a barrier might help troubled people contemplating killing themselves at the “suicide bridge” rethink their options? Hopefully, such a measure might save more lives and give people time to think before they tragically even consider committing suicide
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