Immigrant Mom in NYC Desperate to Suicide, Says Friend

The distraught immigrant mother who committed suicide at a Queens homeless shelter “felt like she was alone,” a friend said Tuesday.

The pal – who was speaking outside the Hollis Family Shelter where the 32-year-old mother of two hanged herself from a shower rod with a power cord – said: “There are people who get depressed.

“She felt like she was alone,” the man said.

The friend, who said he knew the woman from Colombia, showed up at the shelter with her 15-year-old son.

“I’ve been here for five months,” said the ailing boy. “The truth is I don’t want to speak.”

The friend said the teenager would stay with friends. It is unclear where his 7-year-old sister is.

The dead woman had been living in the emergency shelter with her teenage son and young daughter since May. Her husband never made it across the border with them despite repeated attempts, NBC 4 reported.

A picture of the Hollis family homeless shelter in Queens.
The friend of the immigrant mother who committed suicide at the Hollis Family Shelter in Queens said she “felt like she was alone”.
Matthew McDermott

Mayor Eric Adams said Tuesday that the city had launched an investigation into the woman’s death and said all deaths at city facilities were routinely investigated.

The woman’s body was found by a worker at the facility around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, law enforcement sources said.

A picture of New York Mayor Eric Adams.

NYC Mayor Eric Adams said the city has opened an investigation into the woman’s death.

An image of migrants waiting to be transferred to a men's shelter.

The late mother had lived with her teenage son and young daughter at the Hollis family’s home since May.

Adams says her children are “in the hands of the right care they need.”

Additional reporting by Larry Celona

If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or having a mental health crisis and live in New York City, you can call 1-888-NYC-WELL for free and confidential crisis counseling. If you live outside the five counties, you can call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 988 or go to Immigrant Mom in NYC Desperate to Suicide, Says Friend


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