Groom Commits Suicide Hours After Wedding
On Saturday was the wedding of Fernando Brazier and Trudian Hay, Brazier’s long time girlfriend and mother of his two young daughters. Just the next morning, Brazier decided to throw himself off of a tall building or promenade into the Harlem river. Just hours after the wedding was over, the newlywed told his wife he was ‘going for a walk’, and gave the receptionist of the hotel a envelope to pass onto her. The envelope contained the wedding ring, and a suicide note which sister, Shawna Weeks told the New York Post said “he couldn’t take it anymore, and to take care of the kids.”
Shawna Weeks also revealed to the Post that Brazier and Hay had recently been to counseling due to his recent onset of depression. “He would tell me that Trudy is a good person, [but] he didn’t want to marry her; he was feeling like he was pressured,” Weeks said.
Brazier’s parents had apparently had a very bad divorce when he was young, giving him the pressure to continue on with his girl friend and marry her in order to support the kids. But it apparently wasn’t all that recent that he was experiencing a sense of pressure from the upcoming marriage. “He always said, ‘Certain things, you have to do,’” recalls his brother.
Family including his mother also reported that Brazier looked very happy during the entire duration of the wedding and that there were no signs at all of distress. But, when his aunt asked him how he felt about going through with the wedding before the ceremony, Brazier responded “it’s too late now”.