Young woman captures last moments in Instagram selfies before jumping to her death
A few days ago, an 18-year old Shanghai girl ended her life tragically soon after she posted an alarming selfie to her Instagram account. Before she died, she cursed the man who she blamed, "When I'm dead, I will cling to you day and night. I'll never leave you." Her sad story is a cautionary tale in today's world where people are pressed for time and connect mainly through social media. (Warning: Graphic images)
She goes by 'JoJoTsai1012' online, but her real name is Lee Jia Yao. In the past she has posted many selfies of herself, as well as conversations with her boyfriend. Referring to each other as 'wifey' and 'hubby', the two apparently dated for about three years until Jia Yao discovered the man was already married. She broke up with him but was tremendously depressed.
Two weeks ago, she posted the following, "I want to stop myself from crying late at night, but I can't do it. I can't take it. All of this is so unfair to me. I can't bear it at all."
She also wrote: "It's been 12 days since the breakup. I've gone out with all sorts of men to have fun, eat out, watch movies, drink, and sing karaoke. Any of these guys are more handsome than he is and has more money too. I'm saying this to explain that I'm not someone who can't find a better man. I don't care how good-looking or how rich he is, since I have plenty of men with better qualities around me. All my close friends know this, but I simply cannot accept another man into my heart. Every time I went out with someone else, I would end up crying. I made myself smile. I told myself that 'the most important aspect of being a human is to be happy.' I kept hypnotizing myself with this thought, but in the end I still couldn't hypnotize my heart to believe it. I don't understand it. Since he didn't choose me, why did he give me so many expectations and promises? If he didn't want to have a baby with me, why did he let me pick a name? He even said if his mother didn't approve of our marriage, he would stay in love with me forever and we would get married when we got old. These were the most romantic and sweet words I've ever heard but it turned out to be a lie. I cannot forget any of this. It's impossible to forget, unless I die."
She posted the following to her ex-boyfriend: "I never thought that you'd deceive me, but I still love you."
Some days later, she burned all the stuff collected during their affair on her bed, took this photo and wrote in English, "let it burn, all the things like ashes float away."
In another post, she wrote: "When I'm dead, I will cling to you day and night. I'll never leave you."
Finally, she took a selfie while she sat on the edge of a tall building in Shanghai before jumping to her death.
Sadly, she carried out what she said she would do:
Although there were comments from her followers telling her to stay calm, there did not seem to be a way to actively find help for her. Many netizens regret not reacting sooner to her depressed posts, realizing that social media could be an important gateway for spotting psychological trauma.