A female asylum seeker killed herself inside a New York City shelter on Sept. 18, the mayor’s office confirmed Monday.
The woman took her own life inside a shelter amid what is swiftly becoming an overwhelming humanitarian crisis that the city is struggling to handle. While the exact details surrounding the death or the individual involved has yet to be released, Mayor Eric Adams is calling the loss of life a tragedy.
“The thousands of asylum seekers we have seen arrive in our city came to this country seeking a better life. Sadly though, yesterday, an asylum seeker in one of our facilities took her own life. Our hearts break for this young woman and any loved ones she may have, and we, as a city mourn her. This tragedy is a reminder that we have an obligation to do everything in our power to help those in need,” the mayor said in a statement.