Family of four commits suicide in Yunlin
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- A family of four, in Yunlin County's Huewei Township (雲林縣虎尾鎮) committed suicide, according to local reports, while police said the possible factors behind the mass suicide might include long-term illness or financial difficulty.
January 27, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
Yunlin's fire department said that it received a call from the family's neighbors at 2:43 p.m. When firefighters and police broke through their door, three people were found dead from asphyxiation on the first floor, while another was found dead hanging from the neck on the second floor.
The father, 63, had a medical history of diabetes and stroke. He later lost his sight and was unable to work.
The mother, 60, also had a history of an unidentified illness that caused her to collapse frequently.
One of the sons lost his limb from a car accident and was unable to work, while the other son was forced to quit his job due to unbearable migraines.
Relatives of the family said they had paid them a visit several days ago, and did not notice that anything was amiss. They said that the family had not asked them for any help.
After learning of the tragedy, Yulin Deputy Magistrate Shih Ke-he (施克和) rushed to the scene to offer his assistance.