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NYC Subway Suicide Pact: New York Romeo And Juliet Leap In Front Of Train Rather Than Separate

First Posted: Jul 31, 2013 04:00 PM EDT
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In a tragic real-life retelling of the classic Shakespearean tale of Romeo and Juliet, a young couple from New York City is believed to have jumped in front of a train in an apparent suicide pact.

Davon Smallwood, 25, and Ariana O'Neal, 21, who have a two-year-old daughter together, were having problems at home because O'Neal's family did not approve of their relationship. Due to the the couple's legal problems, O'Neal's family decided to ban him from their house and pressured the 21-year-old mother to break up with him, sources say.

"Her mom didn't want the boyfriend living with all of them. She didn't like him," said one source close to the situation, according to The New Age Online.

It is being reported that O'Neal and Smallwood had been arrested earlier this month for stealing jewelry from a store in Queens, N.Y. The couple had been residing in Queens Village.

Rather than listen to her mother and separate, however, O'Neal became distraught at the prospect of losing her boyfriend. The two decided that it would be better not to live at all than to live without one another.

It seems they decided to go to the Hollis Station platform in Queens and spent several hours at the station before jumping in front of an oncoming Long Island Rail Road train.

They did not tell anyone about their intent to commit suicide, though they did leave behind several clues to their thought processes just before their deaths. Just before jumping, they abandoned a black trash bag that contained clothes, a bottle of vodka, a can of Coca-Cola, and a notebook.

"Two great people are going to paradise... everything will be good," said one part of a suicide letter in the notebook left behind at the train station by the couple.

Their bodies hit the train while it was still going 80 mph. The train's conductor said that he saw them before they leapt onto the track, but was unable to stop in time. As they had no IDs on them, police had to run a fingerprint scan before confirming the couple's identity. 

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