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Three men have killed themselves by jumping from Mpls bridges into the Mississippi in past week

A man died this morning after jumping from the Franklin Bridge.
A man died this morning after jumping from the Franklin Bridge.

In March, we reported on a disturbing string of five suicides-by-traffic that took place around the Twin Cities this winter.

Now, with summer on the horizon, the suicidal are apparently shifting their tactics.

Around 6:15 a.m. today, a man jumped to his death from Minneapolis's Franklin Bridge into the Mississippi River. The incident marked the third time in the past week men had taken their lives by jumping from bridges in or near downtown into the Mighty Mississippi.

The first incident occurred around 10:30 p.m. last Wednesday, May 9, when a man jumped to his death from the Washington Avenue Bridge. The next day, at around 4 p.m., another man jumped to his death from the Third Avenue Bridge.

Are the three instances mere coincidences or the start of a disturbing trend? Only time will tell.

See also:
-- Highway suicide: Why do people keep lying down in Minnesota traffic?


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