Fashionista Penned List Of Women Banned From Funeral Before GWB Plunge
Budding designer from Paramus left "suicide diary," according to newspaper report.
A 22-year-old aspiring fashion designer originally from Paramus jumped off the George Washington Bridge Wednesday and left behind a list of five girls she did not want at her funeral, the New York Post reported.
Riders on a jitney bus saw Ashley A. Riggitano plunge from the New Jersey-bound lanes at around 4:40 p.m., the report said. She reportedly left a Louis Vuitton bag containing pages of notes in a "suicide diary" on the bridge walkway.
Riggitano was apparently bullied by friends in the fashion industry, according to the Post report. The girls banned from her funeral were reportedly from work and college.
“All my other ‘friends’ are in it for gossip,” she wrote in the letter, the Post reported. “Never there.”
Riggitano had attempted to commit suicide before, the newspaper reported.
The Laboratory Institute of Merchandising student interned with Tommy Hilfiger, Nicole Miller and jewelry designer Alex Woo.
“The entire LIM College community is saddened by the loss of Ashley. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time," school spokeswoman Meredith Finnin said in a statement.
She founded a company called Missfits, where she designed jewelry. The company was part of efforts to raise money for a young Bergen County boy battling cancer.
Riggitano is the daughter of Roy Riggitano, the Chief Financial Officer of Elmwood Park, according to NorthJersey.com. She graduated Immaculate Heart Academy in Washington Township, according to the NorthJersey.com report.
The George Washington Bridge saw a record number of suicides last year, with 18 people leaping to their deaths.