Man jumps to his death at Westfield T...

Man jumps to his death at Westfield Topanga mall

There are 43 comments on the LA Daily News story from Oct 13, 2008, titled Man jumps to his death at Westfield Topanga mall. In it, LA Daily News reports that:

A man apparently jumped to his death today from a five-story parking structure at Westfield Topanga shopping center, Los Angeles police said.

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Concerned Parent

Honolulu, HI

#1 Oct 13, 2008
How very sad for his family.
Mary

United States

#2 Oct 13, 2008
thank you concerned parent. I feel the same way. I'm so tired of all the cynical comments of how these people "interrupt" "normal" lives... shoppers, commuters, etc.... how "selfish" these poor, desperate people "must be." I was APPALLED at the "suicide" on the commuter tracks being newsworthy only by virtue of the delay caused to commuters, and the comments on the selfishness of the sad party involved. When do people get that it's NOT all about "me," it's all about US?
Clown Detective

United States

#3 Oct 13, 2008
I certainly hope it was not because of the stock market. We have to remember all the people that did that in the Great Depression. We all need to remember that "this too, shall pass." Nothing lasts forever, good times or bad. Hang in there, all of US. We'll make it some way. May God Bless this person's family in their time of need.
sashkavilly

Astana, Kazakhstan

#4 Oct 13, 2008
maybe he was ripped off at the counter or his wife cheated on him, who knows for sure, but the thing is never put urself down no matter what, stay and fight until the luck is near and u will succeed.
Big Wave Dave

United States

#5 Oct 13, 2008
I think it's sad that especially around the hoilday or pre-holiday season lot's of people get depressed, have nobody like family, or are in such an economic crunch cannot deal with these and other pressure's of this world. I feel very bad every time I hear of a tradgedy like this. My heart goes out to whomever was his family and friend's.
Sad

Los Angeles, CA

#6 Oct 13, 2008
I work at the Topanga Mall. Every morning I see a elderly gentleman jogging the parking structure, by the 4th level elevator heading to the 5th level. I did hear the news of a white man jumping while I was working. Reading this article makes me wonder if it was indeed the fellow I always see every morning?!? Did he really jump or just lose his footing? It is sad news either way.
Sad

Los Angeles, CA

#7 Oct 13, 2008
Really, really sad! Let's hope it was an accident because the alternative is too depressing to think about!
Kat

United States

#8 Oct 13, 2008
I wish they would take their lives in the privacy of their own home. Why must they take it public and messy? What if he fell on a vehicle with children in it? Or somewhere where children or others could see his mangled body.

If they are in that much pain and want us to know about it then why not TALK about it to someone before hand so we can do something to assist them.

I fail to comprehend the utter and complete selfishness it takes to commit suicide and on top of that to do it in a public place where they may scar peoples psychy that have to witness it.
Melodyz93

Glendale, CA

#9 Oct 13, 2008
My God, whats happening? Thats right down the street maybe a mile or so.
Melodyz93

Glendale, CA

#10 Oct 13, 2008
sashkavilly wrote:
maybe he was ripped off at the counter or his wife cheated on him, who knows for sure, but the thing is never put urself down no matter what, stay and fight until the luck is near and u will succeed.
Very well put.
Melodyz93

Glendale, CA

#11 Oct 13, 2008
Sad wrote:
I work at the Topanga Mall. Every morning I see a elderly gentleman jogging the parking structure, by the 4th level elevator heading to the 5th level. I did hear the news of a white man jumping while I was working. Reading this article makes me wonder if it was indeed the fellow I always see every morning?!? Did he really jump or just lose his footing? It is sad news either way.
Really, I live in the Calabasas Highlands which is not too far from the Mall. My sister and I were there not to long ago. Praying for him.

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#12 Oct 13, 2008
maybe he work at AIG or Countrywide
Melodyz93

Glendale, CA

#13 Oct 13, 2008
Kat wrote:
I wish they would take their lives in the privacy of their own home. Why must they take it public and messy? What if he fell on a vehicle with children in it? Or somewhere where children or others could see his mangled body.
If they are in that much pain and want us to know about it then why not TALK about it to someone before hand so we can do something to assist them.
I fail to comprehend the utter and complete selfishness it takes to commit suicide and on top of that to do it in a public place where they may scar peoples psychy that have to witness it.
Good point but if he were thinking sanely he would not have jumped. He wasnt considering anything but the pain he felt and that he wanted it to end. I think about my brother who so wanted to live, very much, but died a month ago from a 4 year battle with Luekemia. Till the last breath he thought he was going to live.
dropdeadcherry

Pasadena, CA

#14 Oct 13, 2008
couldn't he have commited suicide in the privacy of his own home like any decent depressed person? No, he has to go all public with it. "Hey! look at me everybody!". What an attention seeker.
Now the witnesses ( i hope there weren't any children) are scarred for life. What a douchebag.
Hillbilly

Van Nuys, CA

#15 Oct 13, 2008
GOOD one less one to worry about !
DSH

North Hollywood, CA

#16 Oct 13, 2008
i just hope this was an accident because if it wasnt if its not i feel bad for the reason he did this and may god be with the family members and help them through this hard time especially if he had a wife children or grand cildren.
Daniel K

Santa Rosa, CA

#17 Oct 13, 2008
It's probably not an accident - that garage is pretty safe and you have to work hard to circumvent that.

Best wishes to his loved ones.
edwin

Costa Mesa, CA

#18 Oct 13, 2008
What a way to go....Geees
Former LA resident

Phoenix, AZ

#19 Oct 13, 2008
Mary wrote:
thank you concerned parent. I feel the same way. I'm so tired of all the cynical comments of how these people "interrupt" "normal" lives... shoppers, commuters, etc.... how "selfish" these poor, desperate people "must be." I was APPALLED at the "suicide" on the commuter tracks being newsworthy only by virtue of the delay caused to commuters, and the comments on the selfishness of the sad party involved. When do people get that it's NOT all about "me," it's all about US?
Thank you both of you!!!! I too am sooooo tired of all the mean comments people write when a story like this hits the papers/internet. It's nice to see 99.9% of the comments today are truly heartfelt. I can not imagine the pain that someone must feel to resort to killing themselves. To address the 1 neg comment I did read about why do they have to do it in a public place, maybe that is part of the problem they don't have any family or friends not that is an excuse just a possible sad fact...
Alex

San Francisco, CA

#20 Oct 13, 2008
Did her yell "Geronimo!" at first leap? While in transit to the ground, did he joke around and make graceful motions like Rodney Dangerfield did when he did the Triple Lindy? In the split second he landed, did he say "ow!"? Just a few questions that popped in my head (no pun).

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