Charismatic Pastor Suffering From Depression Leaps From Bridge, Commits Suicide

On Wednesday 8th May, a Facebook page of the Assembly of God announced the tragic death of a pastor from Rio de Janeiro. The missionary, identified as Maria Helena, threw herself from an overpass in Rio de Janeiro, committing suicide.

According to the publication, she climbed the bridge Madureira, near the Rio Novo Bus Station, and leaps from the bridge due to depression. Maria Helena was a resident of the region of Villa Kennedy, West Zone of the capital.

According to people who knew her, Maria “was a person apparently happy and beautiful, but sad inside,” the report points out.

As the pastor stepped onto the overpass, pedestrians stopped to try to persuade her to come down while first responders arrived. Even then, the woman decided to jump. The action was filmed and the video was spread by social networks.

When they learned of the news, many religious people mourned the tragedy. Missionary Edna Alves spoke about the attempts to help she received.

When identified by some acquaintances, many attempts were made to try to stop Maria from taking her own life. A human cordon of prayer began to be made to sensitize the missionary and make her give up. But there was no way, as soon as she realized that someone was coming to rescue her, she threw herself away,” he declared.

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