A 29-year-old woman from San Diego was killed after a reportedly suicidal man jumped from a building and landed on her.
Per a press release from the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office, Taylor Kahle was walking with a friend along the 1000 block of J Street Sunday evening when a man jumped from a nine-story parking deck and landed on her.
San Diego Police Department officers were nearby and pulled over to assist.
Sadly, despite lifesaving efforts from officials, Kahle — a senior event manager at McFarlane Promotions — died at the scene from “massive injuries.”
Per KFMB, police say the man who was with Kahle was uninjured.
According to the press release, the man who jumped, identified as approximately 20 to 30 years old, was observed entering the parking structure and was then seen hanging from the outside railing of the ninth-floor balcony.
After jumping and falling to the ground, the man was transported to UCSD Medical Center, where he later died.
Per People, authorities have ruled his death to be a suicide.
Following the tragic news, boss Laurel McFarlane paid tribute to her “beloved team member” on Facebook.
In her message, McFarlane said Kahle began work at McFarlane Promotions eight years ago as an intern “who said very few words and used to have to write things down to talk to me.”
“She was very similar to me at her age — shy, nervous, afraid to speak out, taking years to become confident and true to herself. Somehow I knew God gave me this incredible person to mentor, grow, and encourage to become a beautiful fully blossomed strong person. I was honored to pass on the lessons that I learned so that she would not have to wait until she was into her 40’s to find herself as I had,” McFarlane wrote.
McFarlane also said Kahle’s “father was her best friend and due to Covid they spent the last year together.”
“I know she was the happiest when he was around as well with all her dogs she rescued. Everyone aspires to have a relationship like he had with his daughter.”
Additionally, McFarlane says Kahle was an organ donor who will be “saving multiple lives and helping many in the end like she always did in her life.”
While speaking to KFMB, McFarlane says Kahle had spent the day on a second date with a man she’d met online, and that they’d been to the zoo and had dinner together. It is unclear if the individual with Kahle was the man she was reportedly dating.
Per reports, Kahle was one week shy of celebrating her 30th birthday, which she planned to celebrate with a wine-tasting trip with friends for which her dad was to be the driver.
Our condolences go out to Taylor’s family and loved ones for their loss.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.