[Translation] Profile Of A Foxconn Suicide Jumper
Lu Xin, 24 yeras old from Hunan, joined Foxconn Group on Aug 1 2009, part of Foxconn’s 2009 management trainee program. After the incident Foxconn gathered relevant employee, and reported to media. Investigation found, Lu Xin exhibited abnormal behavior prior to May 1 holiday, having thoughts of being chased. Foxconn then arranged employees familiar with Lu for councel and conversation, also contacted Lu’s family to provide care. Despite of these efforts, tragidy was not averted.
“He said someone is trying to kill him”
The incident occurred inside Foxconn’s Longhua Street factory district in Baoan District. When reporters arrived to the scene, police cordon was removed, only few bags covering the blood on the ground.
Zeng Hongling, friend of the deceased and coworker said, he and another friend were watching Lu the last few days before the suicide. Zeng is also an eye witness to the suicide. Zeng’s recollection may shed light on Lu Xin’s experience prior to suicide.
According to Zeng Hongling, Lu Xing is a cheerful person who enjoys singing, dancing, traveling, and keep good rapport with coworkers. Without the abnormal behavior in prior days, it’s hard to imagine Lu would take his own life. On Apr 30 2001, Zeng noticed Lu’s was mentally unwell, kept saying someone is following him, trying to kill him. “His mind wandered”, Zeng said. Zeng then reported this to Foxconn management, who then arranged for Zeng and another friend to comfort Lu Xin, hoping he would feel better.
After a few days, Lu Xin expressed desire to return to Hunan, but changed his mind when friends offered to buy the train ticket. On May 3, Zeng accompanied Lu to red wood forest for diversion, where Lu suddenly stopped ranger in the park and claim he’s been followed.
Zeng began to question Lu about his behavior, but Lu couldn’t give a reason, only that he felt the same way during high school when exam pressure was high. Fearing the worst, Zeng began to watch over Lu.
Family had headed for Shenzhen
“Couldn’t pull him back from the window”
At the same time, at the advice of psychologist, Foxconn contacted Lu Xin’s family, hoping they can come to Shenzhen to help settle Lu’s behavior. However due to scarcity of May 1 holiday train tickets, Lu’s mother and brother purchased tickets for May 5th, arriving in Shenzhen 9am on the 6th. However on May 5th 2010 around 4:30am jumped. Four and half hours later Lu Xin’s mother and brother can only visit his cold body. That afternoon Lu Xin’s family was so grieve stricken they were unable to conduct interview.
“He knew his family was coming”, said Lu’s manager Tsai Hongde. To calm Lu, Foxconn arranged to have Lu stay at the company hotel with friends while waiting for his family’s arrival. They talked all night and went to bed at 1:30am. 3 hours later Lu Xin complained the room was stuffy. “He opened the window and stared out, then suddenly jumped out the window. We tried to grab him, but Lu was already on the balcony headed for the railing. One friend had his arm but he got away.
The Police said: suspect suicide, reason under investigation. According to police, after the jump incident, emergency technicians found Lu Xin with serious injury, and slight sign of life. Lu was rushed to Longhua People’s Hospital, but efforts to save him was futile. That afternoon, Longhua police department representative Yao Yuegang said in an interview, based on evidence at the scene and interview of parties involved, Lu Xin died of suicide. Based on details Zeng and others had about the park trip, police were able to find the park ranger and verify he had tried to talk to Lu about his hallucination. As to what caused his hallucination that led to suicide, authority will continue to investigate.
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