Date
20 October 2018
A man was found dead inside a seven-seater van in the parking lot of the Tai Lam Country Park on Wednesday morning, an apparent suicide. Photo: HKEJ
A man was found dead inside a seven-seater van in the parking lot of the Tai Lam Country Park on Wednesday morning, an apparent suicide. Photo: HKEJ

Man, 34, leaves farewell post on Facebook before killing self

A man was found dead inside a seven-seater van in Yuen Long on Wednesday morning, an apparent suicide, Apple Daily reports.

At about 8 a.m., a person called the police after seeing a man lying unconscious inside a van in the parking lot of the Tai Lam Country Park in western New Territories.

Paramedics who arrived at the scene confirmed that he was dead.

A pot of burnt charcoal was found in the van, leading police investigators to believe that he had killed himself.

Police said the man, 34, left a wife and a little child. He was engaged in the food and beverage business. 

It is understood that the man posted a message on his Facebook page at around 4 a.m. that day, in which he bade farewell to his parents and asked for their forgiveness.

Some of his friends saw the post and asked him what had happened, but received no response.

The man’s father told Apple Daily that his son was an optimistic person, but called his suicidal act very impulsive. He said his son sometimes quarreled with his wife over trivial things.

Vincent Ng Chi-kwan, executive director of Suicide Prevention Services, said that a person who intends to commit suicide after writing a social media post may not be inclined to pay attention to messages responding to the post.

As such, it would be better for those who see such a suspicious message to contact the person directly instead of responding on the social media platform, Ng said.

EJ Insight supports efforts to help people deal with depression and related issues. Here is the 24-hour multilingual suicide prevention hotline of The Samaritans: +852 2896 0000 or email [email protected].

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