Body Found at 13th and G St, NW this Morning was Likely Result of Man Taking His Own Life

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Lots of folks have been writing in inquiring about the body found at 13th and G St, NW this morning around 8:30am. Sadly, it appears this was a suicide.

Ed. Note: From the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.

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  • phl2dc

    Oh no, that is so sad 🙁

  • This happened at my office building, and I was across the street when it happened. It was one of our building’s window washers who likely fell from the building. Irresponsible to publish that he committed suicide – that has not yet been determined. Have some respect for this man’s family.

    • Actually, that’s not true. Two of my colleagues who work in the building across the street spoke with the window washers who all stated that it was not one of their crew members.

    • I don’t even want to be commenting on this post but unfortunately went by this on the way to work. The man’s location was in the middle of the crosswalk in a large intersection, a sizable distance from any building. I can’t imagine that it’s in any way possible it was a window-washer who fell. Absolutely tragic scene no matter what occurred. I’m sure many people who went by this on their commutes are feeling shaken up this morning.

      • +1 to “Absolutely tragic scene no matter what occurred.”

      • I passed by this scene as well. The body was almost in the middle of 13th Street. It seems unlikely that he or she fell from a window washing rig, which would be next to the building. Also, there was a dress shoe several feet from the body, which was under a sheet.
        My thoughts and prayers are with this person and his or her family.

      • I park in the PMI garage on g between 13 and 14. Saw the covered body in the street. The other guy was right, a person who falls would’ve been much closer to the building. The arc of descent for this person was much further. Very curious about details of person and what led to this. Still shaken up about it.

    • Prince Of Petworth

      I take situations like this very seriously. There is a tremendous amount of irony in your comment.

      • It’s very clear that you, unlike ShawMEC, understand how to report this kind of tragedy with respect and grace.

  • To the people who were taking pictures of the poor man’s body, you should be ashamed of yourselves. Think about his family.

    • How does thinking of the man’s family while taking pictures change anything?

      • As in, it’s disrespectful to his family to have photos floating around the internet. C’mon man.

        • I’m not sure I think it’s disrespectful to his family per se, but it’s disrespectful, period — disrespectful of a fellow human being.

      • Would you want someone taking photographs of your family member in that way? I personally would not. That said, its a shame that people should even be told this. Even if this person had no family, he was still a person and should be afforded more dignity than that.

    • I agree with you 100 percent. I thought it was disgusting to see all those people standing around the tape with their cellphone cams out. If your first thought when you see a tragedy like this is to take a picture, you are lacking basic empathy.

    • People are the worst. What would anyone even do with that?

      • Disgusting, but take a look around, there is now a significant percentage of the population that has to document everything or for them the event almost does not exist. Some sort of odd technical solipsism. Condolences to the family and friends.

      • +100 How horrible. What is wrong with people?

    • nightborn

      Some people are just sick.

    • This. I was there when it happened and I couldn’t believe how many people’s first reaction was to pull out their phones and take pictures. Because of the way he was dressed – khakis and a blue sweater – and as others have noted, he was too far into the middle of the road to have simply fell. I will never forget the sound.

      • “I will never forget the sound.”

        My prayers are for the living, too.

      • Your comments echo my sentiments; I saw his body hit the ground and remember the color of his clothing and the sounds. I don’t think I will ever forget the sound and the image will haunt me.

    • Who the hell was taking pictures of the victim? So disrespectful. Some folks love to take pic and videos of everything.

  • “Have compassion for everyone you meet, even if they don’t want it. What seems conceit, bad manners, or cynicism is always a sign of things no ears have heard, no eyes have seen. You do not know what wars are going on down there where the spirit meets the bone.”
    – Miller Williams

  • nightborn

    I’m in the building across the street. Half my coworkers have been standing by the window for the past hour staring. What a heartbreaking thing to have happened. What a terrible day for someone’s family and friends.

  • Appreciate the inclusion of the SP Hotline here. Clearly you have taken this seriously and are following the guidance of the SPRC on ethical reporting WRT suicide.

  • Many media outlets don’t report on suicides other than a brief mention if there was a public impact. Since this was reported, maybe PoP would consider closing the comments to this piece. There really is no need for them.

    • I don’t see the harm in having comments open…. I for one came here to read them as a way to cope with what I saw this morning… but then again maybe I’m the weirdo?

      • Wanting to discuss and cope is not weird at all. What happened was horrible and you should have an outlet to express how you feel.

      • Accountering

        I can agree with this. I certainly feel for the persons family, and for all the people who witnessed/heard this. I can imagine this is something that plenty of witnesses will have nightmares about. What a horrible horrible situation.

    • anonymouse_dianne

      Actually, what they don’t report is the person’s name. (Unfortunately I know from personal experience, my uncle). I guess they think the person is reading the publicity in heaven or some such.

      • Actually, I think it’s more the stigma of dying by suicide that most media want to avoid inflicting on the surviving family members and friends. For many it’s still considered a weakness and/or sign of failure on the part of those close to the victim.

  • Thank you for reporting on this sensitively and for not reporting on the manner of death or any of the other details. Thank you also for including the suicide hotline.

    You may also wish to consider closing comments at this point.

  • I saw this also on my way to work, I still feel a bit traumatized by it, it was good to read other peoples reactions, thanks for posting this. Many blessings to the deceased and his family.

  • People used to pack picnic lunches and go watch a hanging. I don’t think it’s valid to make “what’s the world coming to?” comments about people taking cell phone pictures of this poor man. I think we’ve always been a fairly heartless and morbid species.

  • I don’t think it’s necessarily gruesome or irresponsible to take a picture. When it first happened, no one knew what the precise circumstances are (and still don’t, I’d guess). Maybe this is being too generous, but I bet there are some who took pictures in case there ends up being some sort of investigation and evidence is requested by the police, who weren’t there at the precise moment.

    • The police were there within maybe a minute or two of it happening. There was no “evidence” to gather by taking photos of a dead body that the police could plainly see once they arrived.

  • Honestly I pulled my phone out to take a picture, then I actually had the moment where it hit me- “why the f**k would I take a picture? I definitely understand the instinct to do so though. I’m more curious to know if anyone actually saw him falling? I talked to one lady who heard him hit the ground, and I can imagine that would be bad enough. One comment: this guy wanted everyone to see. He jumped off a ten story building in DC rush hour downtown across from a metro. He wanted this to be seen. He might’ve wanted the world to know the circumstances as well. Those of us who have known someone who committed suicide wonder “why?” The instinct is completely natural because so many of us are so far removed from thinking that is an option, we want to know what pushed him to do it. We need to know what pushed him.

    • I lost a friend to a similar suicide in a similar part of town many years ago now. I know many more details, and yet I still don’t “know.” I understand the impulse to want answers; but they are elusive at best.

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