This is truly devastating.
A transgender woman struggling with depression posted a suicide note on her social media page before walking into oncoming traffic last Wednesday.
Utah native Ashley Hallstrom took to Facebook to reveal her lifelong struggle growing up as a transgender woman in today’s society. She shared:
“From a very young age, I was told that people like me are freaks and abominations, that we are sick in the head and society hates us. This made me hate who I was. I tried so hard to be just like everyone else but this isn’t something you can change. I can’t stand to live another day, so I’m committing suicide.”
According to police, the 26-year-old was fatally hit by a dump truck on the highway after she intentionally jumped in front of the vehicle. Though the driver tried to swerve out of the way, he was unable to avoid the collision.
Authorities were notified of the suicide note, but could not locate her before the tragic accident.
Hallstrom believed she “won’t be the last” trans person to feel the immense pain of feeling rejected from society, which is why she wanted her final words to make an impact. She added:
“I believe my last words can help make the change that society needs to make so that one day there will be no others like me. Please help make this change because trans people are everywhere. You may never know who you’re hurting until it’s too late. Please help fix society.”
Friends of Hallstrom set up a GoFundMe page to help the family cover funeral expenses, and it’s already exceeded its goal of $3,500.
We hope this woman’s final words spread any awareness to help society make the changes so that this doesn’t happen again. Our hearts go out to Hallstrom’s loved ones at this trying time.
Read her full haunting post (below):
[Image via Facebook.]