12-year-old twins perish in possible double suicide jump from sixth-floor window in Oviedo, Asturias

Image of a National Police vehicle in Spain.

Image of a National Police vehicle in Spain. Image: Julian Prizont Cado Shutterstock.com

A pair of 12-year-old twins died this morning, Friday, May 19, after falling out of a sixth-floor window in the Asturian city of Oviedo.

According to the National Police, the tragic incident occurred at around 9:30am in a property located at No47, on Calle Facetos.

The twins lived with their parents and their 10-year-old brother on the fourth floor of the same building in the La Eria district of the city. Of Russian origin, the family had been living there for some time and was reportedly integrated into the local community.

A source close to the investigation informed EFE that the two girls left the house with the apparent intention of going to school.

However, their backpacks were found on the landing and it appears they possibly threw themselves out of the sixth-floor window on the interior stairs into the courtyard below.

Pedro Aguado, an inspector and press spokesman from the Superior Police Headquarters of Asturias explained that “in principle”, there had been no intervention by third parties, as reported by larazon.es.

“It seems that there was no intervention by third parties and that we can speak of a very tragic and very unfortunate event”, he said.

At the insistence of the press, the police spokesperson avoided referring to what happened as an accident and instead insisted on describing it as a “tragic event”.

An emergency call was placed to the Oviedo Police 091 number informing them of the accident. Emergency services were immediately deployed to the location but they were unable to do anything to help the girls who reportedly died instantly.

Following the terrible accident, the parents received professional psychiatric care at their home. The young brother was at school at the time of the incident. Classmates of the deceased twins who attended La Ería school have also been offered psychological assistance.

Alfredo Canteli, the city’s mayor, visited the scene after the accident accompanied by the Oviedo City Councilor for Citizen Security, José Ramón Prado.

Two days of official mourning have been declared in Oviedo and all electoral campaigning has been suspended. Adrián Barbón, the President of the Principality of Asturias offered his condolences to the family. “We are shocked”, he said before acknowledging the need for a mental health plan.

In a tweet, he wrote: “Faced with so much pain, the PSOE of Oviedo and the candidate for Mayor Carlos F. Llaneza have suspended all campaign events in the council for today and tomorrow”.

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Written by

Chris King

Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at editorial@euroweeklynews.com


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