The most depressing news story of the week comes out of South Korea where a suicide jumper killed a 5-year-old girl after he fell on top of her outside of his apartment building.
According to Kare11, a 39-year-old man jumped to his death from the top of an 11 story building in the southeastern port city of Busan.
In addition to killing himself, the suicide jumper landed on a little girl who was standing outside of the apartment building with her parents.
The man died immediately from the fall. The little girl suffered broken bones and brain damage and died shortly after the incident at the hospital. The little girl’s parents were not harmed in the fall.
Officials did not know the exact reason why the 39-year-old man decided to jump off of the South Korean building but they did say that he was being treated for depression.
The Huffington Post notes that South Korea, which has a population of 49 million, has an extremely high suicide rate. In fact, suicide is the leading cause of death for South Koreans between the age of 15-24.
South Korea has taken steps to curb suicides but the Sydney Morning Herald reports that the country still sees about 50 suicides a day. In 2010, 33 people for every 100,000people committed suicide.