New York fam­ily’s dou­ble sui­cide tragedy

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTER

THE OLDER sis­ter of a Cha­sidic girl who killed her­self by leap­ing from a rooftop bar in Man­hat­tan four months ago has also com­mit­ted sui­cide.

Sara Mayer, 31, was found dead on Sun­day af­ter­noon in her par­ents’ home in Bor­ough Park.

Her sis­ter, Faigy, 30, killed her­self af­ter climb­ing onto a ledge dur­ing a party on the roof of the 230 Fifth restau- rant in the Flat­iron Dis­trict. The May­ers were brought up as Belz Chasids, but in an es­say writ­ten shortly be­fore her death, Faigy wrote: “Cha­sidic Ju­daism shouldn’t ex­ist at all.”

Un­named fam­ily and friends told New York’s Daily News that Sara was mentally ill and had been hos­pi­talised on sev­eral oc­ca­sions. An un­named law-en­force­ment of­fi­cial told JTA that she had been sched­uled to move into a care home this week.

PHOTO: FINETTE LLERMAN-RUS­SAK

Sis­ters who ended their lives: Sara ( right) and Faigy ( left and inset)

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