On May 7, 1942, Buffalo Courier Express staff photographer, Russell Sorgi, captured the last moments of thirty-five year old Mary Miller’s life in this image. Miller had checked into the Genesee Hotel and almost immediately stepped out onto the ledge outside the communal eighth-floor bathroom. As police and onlookers gathered below (and a policewoman rushed inside, pictured at lower left), Mary waved to the crowd and plunged to her death amid the screams and cries of the horrified onlookers. She left no note and the reasons for her suicide are still a mystery.
This moving picture of 13-year-old Omayra Sanchez, a little girl who died following a volcanic eruption in Colombia in 1985, was captured by photographer Frank Fournier. She was trapped amidst the mud, water, ash and corpses left behind in the small town of Armero in the aftermath of the eruption. For three days, aid workers struggled to free her. Sadly, they lacked the equipment, expertise and government support needed to save her and many others like her.
The first image looks like any other selfie of a group of friends out for a day in the city. Sadly, this group captured the image in Beirut, Lebanon seconds before a car bomb, planted in the gold car just behind them, exploded.