A couple who jumped to their death off a Manhattan office block because of their spiraling financial woes have both been pictured.
Chiropractor Glenn Scarpelli and his wife Patricia, ages 53 and 50, leaped to their deaths from a ninth-floor office window in their recently-closed practice in Murray Hill, on Friday morning around 5:45am.
They jumped with a suicide notes in each of their pockets, sealed in a plastic baggie so that they wouldn't get bloody after the fall.
Chiropractor Glenn Scarpelli (right) and his wife Patricia (left) , ages 53 and 50, leaped to their deaths from a ninth-floor office window in their recently-closed practice in Murray Hill, on Friday
Glenn (left) and Patricia (right) jumped with a suicide notes in each of their pockets, sealed in a plastic baggie so that they wouldn't get bloody after the fall
In his letter, titled 'WE HAD A WONDERFUL LIFE,' Scarpelli said that he and his wife had found themselves in a 'financial spiral'.
'We both have medical issues, we just can't afford the health care,' the note continued.
The couple owed $23,304 in federal taxes and had an April 2015 lien for a $232,295 debt.
They are survived by their two college-aged children, 20-year-old Isabella, at the University of Texas, and 19-year-old Joseph, currently attending the University of Miami.
Friends have launched an online fundraising campaign in the wake of their suicides to pay the children's tuition.
By Wednesday the campaign had raised more than $66,000 of its $100,000 goal.
Patricia (pictured) is survived by her two college-aged children, 20-year-old Isabella, at the University of Texas, and 19-year-old Joseph, currently attending the University of Miami
Scarpelli, 53, left behind a suicide note revealing that he and his wife had been in a 'financial spiral'
'I'm so moved, but I'm not at all surprised,' said fellow chiropractor Amy Burke. 'They gave to so many people and it doesn't surprise me, but [the money] coming back [to them] now, hurts.'
The incredible generosity may not be so surprising considering all the work the couple did to give back to their community.
Glenn volunteered at Ground Zero immediately following 9/11, working days and nights relieving joint pain from workers at the World Trade Center site after the attack.
Fellow chiropractor Adam Lamb told the New York Post: 'We helped adjust for stressed and freaked out firefighters, policemen anyone who needed help,' Lamb said. 'He was just an amazing, amazing, generous person.'
Scarpelli also spoke with a blogger Dr Thomas Lamar about his volunteering, saying: 'You could feel the energy. You could feel the death in the air. We're using just our hands and adjusting people from our hearts.'
Chirorpactor Amy Lambert rented a room in Scarpelli's Madison Wellness Center and she told the Post that she sometimes volunteered at soup kitchens with Scarpelli and that he 'never turned anyone away if they couldn't afford his services'.
'He just wanted to help people,' she said.
Chiropractor Glenn Scarpelli (left) helped 9/11 first responders after the 2001 attacks at Ground Zero
Scarpelli committed suicide along with his wife on Friday, by jumping out of their former ninth-floor office in Murray Hill. Above, another picture of Scarpelli aiding first responders
Lambert added that Scarpelli and his wife's suicides were 'completely out of character'.
'They were nothing but gentle, kind and grounded,' she said.
Before the couple took their own lives, it appears they prepared their children for how to cope with the loss of their loved ones.
In an essay, read out to his classmates at the elite Loyola High School, on the Upper East Side, in March 2016, Joseph Scarpelli, 19, shared some advice his parents had shared with him.
'My parents repeatedly told me that I could wake up one day and lose every material possession and everyone I love, but no one will ever be able to take away my faith,' he said in the morning assembly.
The essay, written for the school magazine, also talked about coming from a 'proud Italian-American family' who were weekly communicants at their local Catholic parish.
Joseph now attends the University of Miami School of Business Administration, while his sister, Isabella, 20, who also attended the elite Jesuit-run Catholic high school - which costs $8,905 per year - is now at St. Edwards University in Texas.
The bodies of the couple are pictured on the ground, covered in white sheets, after their fatal jump Friday morning
The couple jumped from a window in Glenn's recently closed chiropractic practice. The office was located on the ninth floor of a 17-story building
Classmates told the Post that neither of the kids were aware of their parents' financial struggles - which the couple mentioned