Liz Moughon (Ohio University)
The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is the second most popular place in the world to commit suicide. After Kyle Gamboa, 18, of Sacramento, California, jumped to his death in 2013, his family has attended every monthly Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District board meeting to campaign for a suicide barrier. In August 2018, construction began for the barrier.
The Golden Gate Bridge is seen at dusk in San Francisco. While tourists stroll up and down it every day, on average someone jumps to their death every 10 days. Unlike other iconic structures, this bridge doesn't have a suicide barrier. After one family lost their son to suicide, they resolved to do everything they could to campaign for a suicide barrier.
Kathy Contway describes her grandson, Kyle Gamboa, who jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge to his death in 2013, as she stands on the Municipal Pier in San Francisco.
Drawings of Kyle Gamboa are seen at his home in Sacramento, Calif. His classmates drew them a few days after his death and they have hung ever since.
A flock of birds fly beneath the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset.
Erika Brooks, who lost her adopted daughter to a Golden Gate Bridge suicide, writes names of other suicide victims at Baker Beach near the bridge. Names in the Sand is an annual event where families and friends commemorate their loved ones by writing every recorded name of a Golden Gate Bridge suicide victim - around 2,000 - in the sand and watch the waves wash them away.
Manuel Gamboa III is two years older than his brother Kyle, who jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge to his death in 2013. He says that Kyle never told him that he was struggling with anything.
Manuel Gamboa Jr. looks around the unchanged bedroom of his late son Kyle Gamboa in Sacramento, Calif. He is still searching for answers as to why Kyle left them five years earlier.
Kymberlyrenee Gamboa holds an unwashed sticky McDonald's cup at her home in Sacramento, Calif. Orange juice in this cup was the last drink that her late son Kyle Gamboa had before he jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge in 2013.
This is the second most popular place in the world to commit suicide.
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Priya Clemens, director of public affairs for the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District, watches an update on the construction of the suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge that began in August 2018.
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Kathy Contway, far right, grandmother of Kyle Gamboa, holds hands with survivors as Dana Bark burns sage at Baker Beach. Dana lost his son Donavan Bark to a Golden Gate Bridge suicide in 2008 and started Names in the Sand, an annual event for families and friends to commemorate their loved ones.
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Pole number 77 is where Kyle Gamboa jumped to his death on Sept. 20, 2013