A Couple identified as Glenn and Patricia Scarpelli had financial problems so they jumped to their deaths from the Ninth Floor of a 17-story building in Manhattan. Reports say that the parents already prepared their children and told them that they would lose their father and mother without them expecting it.

NJ.com reported that Glenn and Patricia were the son and daughter-in-law of former Brick Township mayor Joseph Scarpelli. Glenn, 53, and Patricia, 50, were in the building where they were working. Glenn was a chiropractor while Patricia was a secretary at her husband’s office.

Couple leaves suicide note

The couple left a suicide note saying that they committed suicide because they can no longer live with their financial reality. Both had their own suicide notes and revealed that the cause of their suicide was financial problems.

The New York Post said that the couple owed thousands of dollars in unpaid state and federal taxes but it was unclear if this was the financial problem the couple referenced in their suicide letters. The federal taxes reportedly amounted to more than $200,000 while state taxes amounted to $42,000. Friends close to the couple said that they did not know Glenn and Patricia were having financial troubles because they seemed like they were doing well and they did not let their children know about their problem.

Four years ago, a Manhattan federal judge ordered Glenn to pay around $62,000 after he was sued by the government when he did not pay his student loan. That student loan was used by Glenn when he attended Logan University College of Chiropractic located in Chesterfield, Missouri. The suicide notes also asked their relatives to take care of their children.

Did parents prepare their kids?

According to Hollywood Life, Glenn and Patricia left behind a 19-year-old son and a 20-year-old daughter. The son, Joseph, wrote in a March 2016 essay that his parents advised him before that “I could wake up one day and lose every material possession and everyone I love.” He wrote the essay for his school magazine.

He also noted in his essay that his parents inculcated in them that their faith will never be taken away from them, pointing out that he is proud to come from an Italian-American family that attended their catholic church weekly. Joseph now attends the University of Miami School of Business Administration, while his older sister, Isabella, attends St. Edwards University in Texas.