Jonah Edwards: Man ends his life by jumping from Disneyland parking lot, third death in a year

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: A man jumped from a Disneyland parking lot on the night of Wednesday, November 15, police said. Around 9:30 p.m., emergency responders responded to reports of a man who jumped from the Pixar Pals parking lot at the Disneyland resort, Anaheim police spokesman Sergeant Jon McClintock said in a statement. .

The incident is being investigated as a suicide, McClintock said. The Orange County Coroner’s Office responded and will conduct the investigation into the man’s death. According to reports from the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the victim has been identified as 24-year-old Jonah Alexander Edwards.

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“All guests getting off the streetcars were directed to the Mickey and Friends parking lot,” Reddit user Alythesta, 77, wrote Wednesday evening, November 15.

Jonah Alexander Edwards’ death is the third similar death at a California theme park.

In February, an Arizona woman named Marney Schoenfeld, 46, committed suicide by jumping from the Mickey and Friends structure.

Randy Schoenfeld, the victim’s husband, told The Mercury News that her death was “horrendous.” “She was a loving mother to her daughter, Sydney,” he said at the time.

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Just two months before the incident, a man accused of child endangerment, Chris Christensen, died after jumping from the same building in December 2022. The 51-year-old was facing charges of child abuse and child in danger of children and assault, according to Orange. County Court Records.

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In a letter he posted on Facebook before he died, he blamed his wife and mother of his stepchildren, Marlena, saying that during an altercation last month, his “anger took over on her” and called the police. with allegedly false abuse allegations.

Six people have committed suicide at Disneyland since 2010

Since 2010, a total of six people have committed suicide by jumping from Disneyland parking lots. The 5,500-space Pixar Pals garage has been in operation since 2019 while the Mickey and Friends garage has been open since 2000. The latter is one of the largest parking structures in the world with 10,000 spaces.

In the United States, approximately two percent of all suicide deaths involve jumping or falling. About 49,500 people committed suicide in 2022 in the United States, the highest number on record. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not yet calculated the suicide rate for the year, but available data suggests that suicides are more common in the United States than at any time since the start of World War II. worldwide.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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