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Santa Monica police diverted westbound traffic along Santa Monica Boulevard at 21st Street on Monday afternoon after a man committed suicide.
Photo by Brenton Garen
Santa Monica police diverted westbound traffic along Santa Monica Boulevard at 21st Street on Monday afternoon after a man committed suicide.

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Man Commits Suicide By Walking Off Roof At Medical Centre Of Santa Monica

Medical Centre of Santa Monica at 2001 Santa Monica Boulevard.
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Medical Centre of Santa Monica at 2001 Santa Monica Boulevard.

Posted Nov. 25, 2013, 5:07 pm

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

Santa Monica police are investigating a suicide after a man allegedly "walked off" the roof of Medical Centre of Santa Monica at 2001 Santa Monica Boulevard shortly after 1 pm Monday.

SMPD Sgt. Jay Moroso said a 25-year-old man was seen inside the ground level pharmacy of the medical building at about 1 pm.

"He appeared to be getting a prescription refilled in the pharmacy," Moroso said. "He was then seen on the roof of the building, leaning over the edge and smoking a cigarette. Moments later, and as police were responding, he walked off of the ledge and fell to the ground."

Moroso said the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

"It is unknown why the man killed himself," Moroso said. "Identification of the man is being withheld pending notification of his family."

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Nov. 26, 2013, 4:52:14 am

Pm said...

It so sad that this will affect everyone to be grateful for life itself. He needed some help and nobody saw this coming. He family will be the one to suffer. The police had him there for about 2 1/2 hours. Couldn't they have put a sheet over him? God bless him

Nov. 26, 2013, 8:03:40 am

Ruby said...

I totally agree with you. You feel exactly as I do. They should have definitely covered him up. God bless him and his family....

Nov. 26, 2013, 8:56:25 am

NM said...

Work here and now it's going to be all I remember when pulling into the parking structure. His body was visible and I saw his face. Very tragic, and very traumatic. I hope he found the peace he was seeking. My condolences to his family. I wish you would've talked to some one.

Nov. 26, 2013, 9:51:29 am

JV said...

Very traumatic and sad event for this man and his family during this time of the year. We do not know who it was but we will pray for him and loved ones. Don't be afraid to ask if something is wrong or let them know that you are there for them. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. God bless us all.

Nov. 26, 2013, 11:33:27 am

Terri said...

Mentally ill people often have a hard time during the holidays, and this may have been the case with this poor man. Forget about buying gifts--donate to mental health organizations! Give to those who really need it. This is a time for giving, not getting.

Nov. 26, 2013, 1:52:27 pm

Sierra Schast said...

The man was my brother. He was not mentally ill but diagnosed with an extremely rare heart condition called CPVT combined with epilepsy. The medication he needed to take in order to live made him no longer want to. He had more on his plate than any human would ever be able to manage. I spoke with him 20 minutes before he jumped and I knew something was wrong but he has no history of this nor did I suspect it would be an option. I'm sorry that anyone had to witness it. I'm sorrier though that he felt it was his only alternative. God bless my brother, Daniel Schast may you never feel pain again.

Nov. 26, 2013, 2:23:44 pm

lovely said...

really sorry for your lost may he rest in peace our hearts go out to you your family and praying for him

Nov. 26, 2013, 2:41:30 pm

lovely said...

Almighty Father, eternal God, hear our prayers for Your son/daughter (Name) whom You have called from this life to Yourself. Grant him/her light, happiness, and peace. Let him/her pass in safety through the gates of death, and live forever with all Your saints in the light You promised to Abraham and to all his descendants in faith. Guard him/her from all harm and on that great day of resurrection and reward raise him/her up with all Your saints. Pardon his/her sins and give him/her eternal life in Your kingdom. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

Nov. 26, 2013, 3:01:52 pm

First reaponder said...

You cannot put a sheep over the body, it's a crime scene. Not up to the first responders! It's a law

Nov. 26, 2013, 3:26:07 pm

DEC said...

@ Sierra Schast , my condolences to U

Nov. 26, 2013, 3:56:50 pm

Sad said...

RIP Mr. Schast. I work near here and saw the commotion but did not know what happened. Praying for the family. Hard to see something like this coming. I pass by everyday and to think something like this happened is terrible. It's very busy over here at lunch time. So saddening.

Nov. 26, 2013, 4:21:09 pm

Dec said...

Schast Family my condolences to U . May U all find d strenght in each other , honor him in your Memories, he is now resting in peace. U are not alone Survivors after Suicide/Didi Hirsch was there for me. Praying for U

Nov. 26, 2013, 10:24:49 pm

AM said...

A few months ago I had the pleasure to meet Daniel thru my job. He struk me as a very sensitive young man and a little too serious for his age. He had talked about his heart condition but he was happy to let people know that he was doing better and just wanted to work and save enough money to buy the camera equipment of his dreams. We are praying for him, for his family and his friends.

Nov. 27, 2013, 2:45:04 am

my <3 said...

I love you dandan. and you sierra. nobody will ever truly know what it was like to live a day in his shoes. he was beautiful hilarious smart and the kindest soul. rest in peace love. come visit me in my dreams.

Nov. 27, 2013, 7:24:57 am

Sabrina said...

Sierra, I want to give my condelences to you and your family for the lost of your dear brother.

Nov. 27, 2013, 8:18:31 am

Luna sky said...

My condolences to the Schast Family. Though I did not know Daniel, I witnessed the events on Monday and I was deeply saddened by the loss of this young man. Thank you @Sierra Schast for letting us know he was your brother. I feel better now that I have an actual name to put in my prayers. May God give you and your family strength and peace.

Nov. 27, 2013, 8:36:31 am

Jordan said...

My condolences to his family. I'm sure There are no words to explain what you are feeling. Sad, confused, quilt, numbness.. Suicide is different from any other death. No one knew what he was going through, no one ever will. He felt like there was no other option to stop the pain or any other things he was feeling. May he rest in peace. Please reach out to someone and seek help. It's the hardest thing for survivors to live with a loved one committing suicide. He is not feeling any pain anymore. He is resting. I pray for strength and the ability for his family to move forward. It wasn't his fault. He is now feeling no pain and In the presence of The Lord. Daniel will be looking down at his family and praying for them.

Nov. 27, 2013, 11:38:49 am

tm said...

i am so sorry for your loss, i work across from where the incident happen. i prayed for him and will continue to. my condolences to his family, may he rest in peace

Nov. 27, 2013, 12:17:28 pm

betty said...

Extreamly sorry for the loss of your brother Sierra! May he rest now in peace with no pain or worries! Remember ALL of the Beautiful memories he left for you and treasure them!

Nov. 27, 2013, 1:50:55 pm

Alicia Camacho said...

I am so so sorry for the loss of your brother, our family also lost a loved one to suicide and we had no clue that he was headed in that direction, so I feel your pain and I pray for you and your family, his pain is gone but our remains and it will be with us the rest of our lives.

Nov. 27, 2013, 5:50:50 pm

CYNTHIA said...

SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. .I NEW HIM FROM THE LAB HE WAS A NICE GUY HE WILL BE MISSED.STAY STRONG FOR HIM .HE IS NOW AT PEACE

Nov. 27, 2013, 6:23:55 pm

Patti Schast said...

My heart is broken in a million little pieces. My son Daniel's is at perfect peace. What more can a mommy ask for? He knew how much he was loved. We know how much he loved us. He had challenges not one of us could fathom. He was truly a shining star.. My little boy.

Nov. 27, 2013, 8:19:11 pm

Ruby said...

My heart goes out to you Sierra, Patti, and your entire family coping with your lost. Even though I didn't know him personally, I am deeply touched by his death. I was leaving work, when I saw the paramedics working on him. Later, I found out Daniel died. I was immediately saddened....it's not easy walking by the scene without becoming emotional. I know he is resting in peace. I will keep you guys in my prayers. GOD BLESS

Nov. 27, 2013, 9:16:33 pm

a friend... said...

I was numb when I read this. I pray your family finds the peace they seek. Dan and I were close when we were younger and talked through the years... and although we all carry our own problems I wish he talked to someone, told someone.. But what is done is done. This was his choice he is without pain now. He is among the best

Nov. 28, 2013, 10:35:51 am

bini said...

to sierra schast, please know that when you dear brother left this place, a room full of chemo patients, nurses and staff prayed, cried and felt for him. please know that just as he fell, a seagull flew across the sky

Nov. 28, 2013, 10:41:39 am

bini said...

to sierra schast, please know that when you dear brother left this place, a room full of chemo patients, nurses and staff prayed, cried and felt for him. please know that just as he fell, a seagull flew across the sky

Nov. 28, 2013, 10:41:39 am

bini said...

to sierra schast, please know that when you dear brother left this place, a room full of chemo patients, nurses and staff prayed, cried and felt for him. please know that just as he fell, a seagull flew across the sky

Nov. 28, 2013, 10:41:39 am

bini said...

to sierra schast, please know that when you dear brother left this place, a room full of chemo patients, nurses and staff prayed, cried and felt for him. please know that just as he fell, a seagull flew across the sky

Nov. 28, 2013, 10:41:39 am

bini said...

to sierra schast, please know that when you dear brother left this place, a room full of chemo patients, nurses and staff prayed, cried and felt for him. please know that just as he fell, a seagull flew across the sky

Nov. 28, 2013, 10:41:39 am

bini said...

to sierra schast, please know that when you dear brother left this place, a room full of chemo patients, nurses and staff prayed, cried and felt for him. please know that just as he fell, a seagull flew across the sky

Nov. 28, 2013, 10:41:39 am

bini said...

to sierra schast, please know that when you dear brother left this place, a room full of chemo patients, nurses and staff prayed, cried and felt for him. please know that just as he fell, a seagull flew across the sky

Nov. 28, 2013, 10:41:39 am

bini said...

to sierra schast, please know that when you dear brother left this place, a room full of chemo patients, nurses and staff prayed, cried and felt for him. please know that just as he fell, a seagull flew across the sky

Nov. 28, 2013, 10:41:39 am

bini said...

to sierra schast, please know that when you dear brother left this place, a room full of chemo patients, nurses and staff prayed, cried and felt for him. please know that just as he fell, a seagull flew across the sky

Nov. 28, 2013, 10:41:39 am

bini said...

to sierra schast, please know that when you dear brother left this place, a room full of chemo patients, nurses and staff prayed, cried and felt for him. please know that just as he fell, a seagull flew across the sky

Nov. 28, 2013, 10:41:39 am

bini said...

to sierra schast, please know that when you dear brother left this place, a room full of chemo patients, nurses and staff prayed, cried and felt for him. please know that just as he fell, a seagull flew across the sky

Nov. 28, 2013, 10:41:39 am

bini said...

to sierra schast, please know that when you dear brother left this place, a room full of chemo patients, nurses and staff prayed, cried and felt for him. please know that just as he fell, a seagull flew across the sky

Nov. 28, 2013, 10:41:39 am

bini said...

to sierra schast, please know that when you dear brother left this place, a room full of chemo patients, nurses and staff prayed, cried and felt for him. please know that just as he fell, a seagull flew across the sky

Nov. 28, 2013, 10:41:39 am

bini said...

to sierra schast, please know that when you dear brother left this place, a room full of chemo patients, nurses and staff prayed, cried and felt for him. please know that just as he fell, a seagull flew across the sky

Nov. 28, 2013, 10:41:40 am

bini said...

to sierra schast, please know that when you dear brother left this place, a room full of chemo patients, nurses and staff prayed, cried and felt for him. please know that just as he fell, a seagull flew across the sky

Nov. 28, 2013, 10:41:40 am

bini said...

to sierra schast, please know that when you dear brother left this place, a room full of chemo patients, nurses and staff prayed, cried and felt for him. please know that just as he fell, a seagull flew across the sky

Nov. 28, 2013, 10:41:40 am

bini said...

to sierra schast, please know that when you dear brother left this place, a room full of chemo patients, nurses and staff prayed, cried and felt for him. please know that just as he fell, a seagull flew across the sky

Nov. 28, 2013, 10:41:40 am

bini said...

to sierra schast, please know that when you dear brother left this place, a room full of chemo patients, nurses and staff prayed, cried and felt for him. please know that just as he fell, a seagull flew across the sky

Nov. 30, 2013, 2:23:00 pm

AL said...

My deepest condolences to all of Daniel's loved ones. Sierra,, I wrote you a message on Facebook but I think it went into a different folder because we are not connected on there. . Wishing you so much courage and strength during this difficult mourning process. If there is a Los Angeles Memorial could you please post it? I would love to attend. -Amanda

Nov. 28, 2013, 9:18:41 pm

Sierra Schast said...

I want to thank everyone for their comments, condolences and prayers. Especially from those that witnessed my brother's death, it brings me comfort I can't find anywhere else than from those I feel I'm also experiencing this with. I wonder so many things about that day. He had text me the address to where he was literally 22 minutes before he made his decision. I feel I failed him by not being there. I went about my day, never ever going to where he obviously wanted me to be. Only hours later when his phone was going straight to voice mail did I read between the lines of what I coukdn't believe to true. If anyone would like to connect with me personally or even sit down over a cup of coffee one day please feel comfortable to message me through FB under my name. Thank you so very much again.

Nov. 29, 2013, 9:31:09 am

Mike Kulich said...

I knew Dan for about 2 years. We were friends and then he came to work for me for about 6 months. He was an incredible guy. Fascinating, and the funniest person I've ever met in my life. He had alot of struggles but was extremely selfless and filled with gratitude for everything he experienced. He had to suffer everyday and had alot of low points but still always put others before himself because helping others was what brought him joy and satisfaction. I was honored to know him. RIP pal.

Nov. 29, 2013, 10:20:50 am

so sorry said...

Daniel, may you have found the peace that you were looking for. You will be missed. Heaven was graced with another angel. To Daniels family- may you find peace and happiness in all the wonderful fun memories you shared.

Nov. 30, 2013, 11:46:00 pm

sona said...

Sierra your brother touched everyone's heart even the ones that did not know him. Like I said I saw him that day and I felt numb and went pale and from what I heard and learned from the building people saw him from below as he was leaning over with a cigarette and tried to talk to him but at that point his mind must have been made up. I walked up to the spot and saw the candles and flowers and the picture. That made it a hard core reality. I don't know him but he remains in my mind as well as you and your family do. Daniel rest in peace. Sierra and Patti I'm so very sorry with tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat.God Bless you all!

Dec. 1, 2013, 4:45:33 am

Patti Schast said...

Amy, much gratitude. for your kind words. Daniel's mom.

Nov. 29, 2013, 9:23:23 pm

Amy Roberts said...

Sierra, I tried to reach out to you on facebook but I am not sure you received the message as it said it went to your other folder. But this is what it said: Sierra, I do not know you or your brother but I was here at work the day he died. I want you to know that since the moment it happened I have been thinking of you and your family and praying that his soul is at peace and that you find the strength and courage to make it through this difficult time. Thank you for sharing a little bit of his story on smmirror.com. It helped give the people in my office some closure. It has been a difficult time for all of us but nothing compared to what you and your family is going through. I know you are probably not ready to come to see where he died but I wanted to let you know that people in the medical buildings around here have left flowers and candles and there even seem to be some cards and notes. Please take care of yourself and reach out if you need anything at all.

Dec. 2, 2013, 2:54:17 pm

DRA said...

I have known Daniel since I can remember the Schast's moved next door in 96 or 97. Daniel was one of and if not the very first friend I had was someone I looked up to as I was growing up. I remember the summer days when Dan would push my face into the ground and tell me to eat the grass and the time that He and I dropped a metal hook on my head from the apple tree. The times of playing with his python and legos to the penny stuck in the wood floor of the house in Malvern are some of the most nostalgic and meaningful memories I have of him and I. After moving in 2001 I saw Dan at most 1 time since the hay days of the 90's. It was only two weeks ago had I sent Daniel a friend request on facebook, never to be accepted. It makes no sense to me why weeks later my childhood family friend made the decisions he did. It pains me to know that we will never get to catch up on all the years gone by or even get a drink at the bar. I will never forget the times of MAD magazine and the green army men smashed into the raviolis. Daniel you will always be in my heart. I have never and will not forget you as my first friend. You will never truly understand how our friendship changed my life. I will pray for you my friend. I love you Daniel, Aunt Patti , Uncle Phill and Sierra. ma'a salama my friend

Dec. 2, 2013, 7:13:57 pm

Robert said...

I just came across this article after finally talking to a friend of mine in NYC who knew him as well, he couldn't believe it and googled his name while we were talking and came upon this article and page. . During the time he spent in NYC and I had the honor of working with him and getting to know him as well as I did in that 6 months time he really touched my heart and was such a special person with so much Hope and Optimism about his Life at the time. He confided in me a lot, but I never saw this coming. And I wish so much I had, had a chance to speak to him more recently. We were only communicating on FB after he moved. I will never forget him. And my prayers go out to Sierra and his Mom. And whole family and so many friends. I felt some relief finally finding someone today here that remembered him as well. It was feeling so abstract and unreal, and in some ways still does. I was so touched by all the comments on here I felt moved to say something. And I agree that he can finally be at peace. But I will always miss him and hold a place in my heart for him.

Dec. 2, 2013, 10:08:41 pm

MW said...

I work on the 4th floor in one of the medical building s and saw Dan from the window. He looked at peace I can't stop thinking about that day and how your family must feel. He is at peace and no longer in pain now Sorry for your loss.

Dec. 2, 2013, 10:13:33 pm

MW said...

Dan, May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Dec. 6, 2013, 10:42:09 pm

Andrea said...

Dear Patti

Dec. 11, 2013, 10:37:05 pm

ES said...

I am without words and ..... Dan was my room-mate just last year at this time. We roomed for about 6 months. I loved him, and the things we shared of our lives experience. I ...will never forget his kindness and his ...everything. E.S.

Nov. 23, 2014, 2:09:39 pm

Patti Schast Jester said...

It is coming up on a year since we lost our precious Daniel. There is not a 5 minutes in a day that he is not in my thoughts. It has been a difficult year without Daniel.....but I do find a bit of peace knowing he is no longer facing the monumental challenges that he faced. He was loved more than any other person on this earth.....and he love us in beautiful ways. Give thanks for the blessings in your life. And don't ever forget to tell those you love that you do. My last conversation that morning with my sweet son was beautiful.....he told me repeatedly what a great mom I am. Little did I know it would be the our last I love you mores. God bless.

Nov. 27, 2014, 11:13:59 pm

Patti Schast Jester said...

It is coming up on a year since we lost our precious Daniel. There is not a 5 minutes in a day that he is not in my thoughts. It has been a difficult year without Daniel.....but I do find a bit of peace knowing he is no longer facing the monumental challenges that he faced. He was loved more than any other person on this earth.....and he love us in beautiful ways. Give thanks for the blessings in your life. And don't ever forget to tell those you love that you do. My last conversation that morning with my sweet son was beautiful.....he told me repeatedly what a great mom I am. Little did I know it would be the our last I love you mores. God bless.

Nov. 27, 2014, 11:14:00 pm

Patti Schast Jester said...

It is coming up on a year since we lost our precious Daniel. There is not a 5 minutes in a day that he is not in my thoughts. It has been a difficult year without Daniel.....but I do find a bit of peace knowing he is no longer facing the monumental challenges that he faced. He was loved more than any other person on this earth.....and he love us in beautiful ways. Give thanks for the blessings in your life. And don't ever forget to tell those you love that you do. My last conversation that morning with my sweet son was beautiful.....he told me repeatedly what a great mom I am. Little did I know it would be the our last I love you mores. God bless.

Nov. 27, 2014, 11:14:00 pm

Patti Schast Jester said...

It is coming up on a year since we lost our precious Daniel. There is not a 5 minutes in a day that he is not in my thoughts. It has been a difficult year without Daniel.....but I do find a bit of peace knowing he is no longer facing the monumental challenges that he faced. He was loved more than any other person on this earth.....and he love us in beautiful ways. Give thanks for the blessings in your life. And don't ever forget to tell those you love that you do. My last conversation that morning with my sweet son was beautiful.....he told me repeatedly what a great mom I am. Little did I know it would be the our last I love you mores. God bless.

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