New York family’s double suicide tragedy
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.
Sisters who ended their lives: Sara ( right) and Faigy ( left and inset)