The couple who jumped to their deaths from a 17-story New York City office building Friday morning, after struggling with debt, have been identified.
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According to a story in dailymail.co.uk:
Chiropractor Glenn Scarpelli and his wife Patricia, ages 53 and 50, are the victims in the early morning suicide.
They lived close to Wall Street with their two children, Isabella, 20, and Joseph, 19.
But they traveled uptown, to Glenn’s recently closed chiropractic practice, just a block from the Empire State building, to commit suicide.
They jumped from a window of the ninth-floor office around 5:45am, dying as they fell on the hard asphalt of East 33rd Street, near Madison Avenue.
Police covered their bodies with white sheets when they arrived on the scene, shutting down the entire block to investigate.
The couple left behind suicide notes in a ziploc bag, detailing their ‘financial spiral’. A photo of Glenn’s note, obtained by the New York Post, shows part of the letter, with the full text obscured. However, parts of the note are visible, showing that he talks about how he and his wife ‘had everything in life’, but that they ‘can not live with’ their ‘financial reality’.
In the wife’s suicide note, she asked that their kids be taken care of.
DailyMail.com has learned that the Scarpellis had a history of financial problems and had been pursued for dozens of outstanding tax liens by federal and city authorities since at least 1998.
Glenn Scarpelli had been pursued in federal court over failing to pay back a federal loan issued in 2000 for advanced medical education in 2013, having failed to make most payments over the course of more than a decade.
Public records showed that Glenn owed about $213,000 to the federal government and nearly $42,000 to the state in unpaid taxes dating back to 2003.
But they still managed to sent their two schools to private school, at the elite Loyola School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Tuition at the Jesuit-run Catholic school is $8,905 for the current year.
Both parents were active supporters of the school while the children attended it, taking part in organizing its annual benefit gala.
Daughter Isabella, 20, is a student at St Edward’s, a Catholic college in Austin, Texas, and son Joseph has just finished his freshman year at the University of Miami where he is studying at the school of business.
Isabella played varsity soccer and track and field while Joseph played varsity baseball and won an award for math and science when he was at Loyola.
He also wrote an essay for the school magazine speaking about coming from a ‘proud Italian-American family’ who were weekly communicants at their local Catholic parish.
Poignantly, the essay said: ‘My parents repeatedly told me that I could wake up one day and lose every material possession and everyone I love, but no one will ever be able to take away my faith.’
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