Old man jumps to his death right before wife's funeral

Published On: Tuesday, January 1, 2013 12:05 AM
By: John Roberts

Dead body of a man that jumped to his death hours before the funeral of his wife
A Manhattan New York man put on a suit for the funeral to bury his beloved wife but at a time of overwhelming grief hours before the service, jumped from his 12th-story window to his death.

The heartbreaking event occurred four hours before Miguel Melendez, 78, was supposed to say his last farewell to his late wife of 45 years, Dominga.
She died at age 76.

Alone in her apartment of 77 Columbia St. in Manhattan New York, apparently, Melendez opened the window around in the morning and jumped, police said.


"He was all dressed up for the funeral," one witness said.

Authorities do not suspect foul play, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Dominga's funeral was scheduled for 2 pm at the RG Ortiz Funeral Home on First Avenue in Manhattan.

"I guess he could not take it anymore," said neighbor Hector Sanchez, 45, who added that he had known the Melendez family all his life.
A funeral home spokesman said new provisions were made for a funeral for the couple.