Group brings attention to tragedy of suicides on Aurora Bridge

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by TONYA MOSLEY / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on October 9, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 9 at 5:19 PM

SEATTLE - Anne stands along the Aurora Bridge, recounting the last year. She's kept tabs on every suicide jumper.

"I have to personalize them somehow. I don't want them to be a statistic," she said.

Anne joined dozens of others for the "Take Back The Bridge Project." She's tired of keeping tabs.

"I actually have moments of being very angry at the person. I think now that you're out of your misery now total strangers have to experience this, your family has to get the news," she said.

"There's no one stereotype for someone that commits suicide. The one common factor is that they lose hope," says The Vine Christian Ministries Pastor Heath Rainwater.

He believes the key is connecting with the hurting before they get to the bridge. It's what all of Saturday's walkers want. So many from different walks of life, affected by suicide.

"I think about the risk factors to lesbian, gay and transgender teens. They have been in the news the last couple of months," says Stacey Prince with Take Back The Bridge For Everyone.

Anne hopes getting her community to talk about it is the first step. Saturday's event has made her hopeful.

"I talk to so many people who don't even know people are jumping off the bridge. I'm like are you kidding me?" she said.

WSDOT crews tell us they are expected to finish the fencing project along the bridge by the end of the year.

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