THIS is the dramatic moment a teenage girl is wrestled to the ground on the roof of a Spanish department store after seeing her “suicide pact” boyfriend plunge to his death.

A brave security guard risked his life by hurling himself on top of the 14-year-old after she experienced a “moment’s doubt” following her school friend’s 65ft death leap.

 A security guard risked life and limb to stop a 14-year-old schoolgirl from throwing herself to her death from the roof of a Spanish shopping centre

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A security guard risked life and limb to stop a 14-year-old schoolgirl from throwing herself to her death from the roof of a Spanish shopping centre

Colleagues are pictured helping him get the traumatised girl to safety after a struggle on top of the roof of El Corte Ingles in the upmarket resort of Puerto Banus near Marbella.

Sales and marketing manager John Henrik, 47, from Bergen, Norway, said: “I was having a coffee with my wife Larse at our eighth-floor home when I heard a loud bang.

“It was the boy hitting the ground but I thought at first it was a car crash.

“I didn’t see him fall or thank God see his body but when I went to see what was happening spotted a young girl fighting with a security guard on the roof opposite.

 The girl and her boyfriend had gone to the roof of El Corte Ingles department store in Puerto Banus to end their lives

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The girl and her boyfriend had gone to the roof of El Corte Ingles department store in Puerto Banus to end their lives

“Within seconds two or three others arrived. The struggle lasted for several minutes. The security men were dragging her down from a small platform on the roof and sitting on her. It was very dramatic.

“She seemed very angry and she was right on the edge of the building. More people arrived when she calmed down. It was as if she had just run out of energy and given up.

“There was lots of screaming and lots of chaos in the street below and I quickly realised the noise had been someone hitting the ground when I saw what was happening on the roof because there was no traffic on the road and people were running away from where the boy landed.

“The police were on the scene very quickly. I heard afterwards he nearly hit a pedestrian walking along the pavement when he fell.”

 The boy has been named locally as Richard Fitzsimmons, the son of a British father and a Brazilian mother

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The boy has been named locally as Richard Fitzsimmons, the son of a British father and a Brazilian mother

The drama happened just before midday on Friday.

The dead boy, whose dad is British and mum Brazilian, has been named locally as Richard Fitzsimons, 16.

The school he and his girlfriend attended, upmarket Aloha College in Marbella which takes in pupils aged three to 18 and is regarded as one of the most expensive international schools in the area, has so far made no comment.

The pair sparked the alarm after the girl posted an Instagram message which said: “It’s a dirty world that I don’t want to live in anymore.”

 Sadly the girl's 16-year-old boyfriend threw himself off the building before security could stop him

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Sadly the girl’s 16-year-old boyfriend threw himself off the building before security could stop him

She added in her pain-filled Instagram story titled: ‘I’m Sorry’: “To anyone who has ever loved/known or supported me, thank you, I love you and I will miss you.”

The teen is believed to have followed up her SOS call with other social media messages she and her companion shared with pals saying they were on their way to the department store in Puerto Banus to “end their lives.”

A friend’s mum alerted the store who sent a security guard up onto the roof after a colleague spotted the couple on store cameras.

 The pair had posted what they planned to do on social media sparking a frantic search for the suicidal pair

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The pair had posted what they planned to do on social media sparking a frantic search for the suicidal pair
 Tributes have been laid at the scene where Richard tragically jumped to his death

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Tributes have been laid at the scene where Richard tragically jumped to his death

A well-placed source said: “Several calls went into to the department store from people who said they had published social media messages warning what they were going to do.

“One was from the mother of a friend who then started looking for them in the vicinity of the building.

“The warning was just that it was going to happen in the store and not where.

“A security guard in the camera control room spotted them on the roof and put out an alert which together with the brave security guard who risked his own safety reaching them 30 seconds later and grappling the girl to the ground from a raised 20 square foot platform, were heroic actions which saved a life.”

“Sadly it was too late to save the boy.”

Police are still investigating but sources say everything is pointing to the boy’s death being a suicide.

He narrowly missed a pedestrian as he crashed to the ground after hitting a tree and street sign on his way down.


If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this article, please call the Samaritans (free) on 116123 or 020 7734 2800. 


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