A woman and her 10-year-old daughter died on Wednesday after they jumped from their apartment in a high-rise building in Tseung Kwan O, in an apparent act of suicide.
According to reports, the mother, who was 45 years in age, was suffering from depression as her husband was seeking a divorce due to marital problems.
As she decided to take her own life, her young daughter chose to follow her mom in a suspected joint pact.
At around 7pm, police received information that two people were found lying unconscious on the ground in a pool of blood in an area close to the MTR Hang Hau Station.
Officers rushed to the scene along with paramedics and cordoned off the area, which was filled with bystanders during the evening rush hour.
The young girl was confirmed dead on the spot, while the mother was sent to Tseung Kwan O Hospital, where she was pronounced dead later, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
After confirming their identities, police launched an investigation into the incident.
Inquiries showed that the deceased lived in one of the buildings of the Residence Oasis housing complex that stands above the Hang Hau Station.
The woman’s husband, a person surnamed Chan, is said to be a senior accountant and board members of several companies.
Chan and the couple’s 6-year-old son were not home when the tragedy happened.
Police recovered two notes from the mother and the daughter which led to suspicions of joint suicide.
In her note, the daughter wrote that she is willing to die with her mother and that they wish to be buried together.
As police conduct an investigation, it has come to light that the older woman had been in a troubled relationship with her husband and that the latter had sought a separation.
Wednesday’s incident marked the second suicide case at the Residence Oasis complex in a month.
In March, a person died after jumping off one of the six buildings at the housing estate.
Szeto Hon-ming, director of Family and Career Development Service of Hong Kong, told Ming Pao Daily that couples should never embroil their children in the elders’ discord, as the kids may be too young to cope with family issues rationally.
Couples who are in a bad relationship should discuss their problems calmly or turn to social workers or professional counselors for help, he said.
As for children, if they sense that their parents are having suicidal thoughts, they should seek help from relatives, teachers or social workers.
Getting a third party involved could prevent tragedies from happening, Szeto said.
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