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|One Woman's Leap From Building Kills Two|
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May 28, 2010
Santiago, Chile — Police in Chile say an apparent suicide caused another death as well when a woman jumping from a tall building landed on a cleaning lady below.
Police say Josefina Venizela jumped from the window of a 12th floor of an office building in Antofogasta, in northern Chile.
She landed on 56-year-old Luisa Almendares, who happened to be taking out the trash in the patio of the building next door. The mother of four was just 40 minutes from finishing her shift. Police say both women died instantly Wednesday.
The El Mercurio newspaper reports that the 52-year-old Venizela was carrying medicine and a prescription from a psychiatrist in her purse.
Police Maj. Luis Carrera says investigators are investigating it as an apparent suicide.