The Golden Gate Bridge is seen at dusk in San Francisco. While tourists stroll up and down it every day, on average, someone jumps to their death every 10 days. Unlike other iconic structures, this bridge doesn't have a suicide barrier. After the Gamboa family lost their son, Kyle, to suicide, they resolved to do everything they could to campaign for a suicide barrier.
Kathy Contway describes her grandson, Kyle Gamboa, who jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge to his death in 2013, as she stands on the Municipal Pier in San Francisco. She says that grandparents are often the "forgotten mourners" during tragedies like this.
Drawings of Kyle Gamboa are seen at his home in Sacramento, Calif. His classmates drew them a few days after his death and they have hung ever since.
A flock of birds fly beneath the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset.
Erika Brooks, who lost her adopted daughter to a Golden Gate Bridge suicide, writes names of other suicide victims at Baker Beach near the bridge. Names in the Sand is an annual event where families and friends commemorate their loved ones by writing every recorded name of a Golden Gate Bridge suicide victim - around 2,000 - in the sand and watch the waves wash them away.
At 11:45 a.m. on Sept. 20, 2013 Kyle Gamboa stopped his truck in the middle of the highway, stepped out, ran onto the pedestrian walkway and jumped off.
Kymberlyrenee Gamboa looks through old photos of Kyle at her kitchen table in Sacramento, Calif. Kyle always drew rainbows in school. Drawings, photos and notes to him decorate their home today.
Manuel Gamboa III is two years older than his brother Kyle and says that he never told him that he was struggling with anything. One of his favorite memories was going to the California State Fair weeks before Kyle's death and spending time together – just the two of them.
Manuel Gamboa Jr., Kyle’s father, looks around his late son’s unchanged bedroom. He is still searching for answers as to why Kyle left them five years earlier.
Kymberlyrenee Gamboa holds an unwashed sticky McDonald's cup at her home. Orange juice in this cup was the last drink that Kyle had before he jumped.
The Golden Gate Bridge is the second most popular place in the world to commit suicide and unlike other iconic structures like the Eiffel Tower and Empire State Building, this does not have a suicide barrier.
Manuel Gamboa III holds a picture that a child drew for him at the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District Board Meeting on Friday, July 27, 2018 in San Francisco, Calif. His parents have attended almost every meeting since Kyle jumped in 2013, and when they can't attend, he goes in their place. For his parents, these meetings are a way for them to cope with loss through activism, but for Manuel, the meetings bring back the hard memories.
Manuel Gamboa Jr. speaks at the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District Board Meeting on Friday, July 27, 2018 in San Francisco, Calif. Collectively, he, his wife and surviving son Manuel III have attended every meeting to petition for a suicide barrier after Kyle jumped to his death in 2013.
Priya Clemens, director of public affairs for the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District, watches an update on the construction of the suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge that began in August 2018.
Kathy Contway, far right, grandmother of Kyle Gamboa, holds hands with survivors as Dana Bark burns sage at Baker Beach. Dana lost his son Donavan Bark to a Golden Gate Bridge suicide in 2008 and started Names in the Sand, an annual event for families and friends to commemorate their loved ones.
Pole number 77 is where Kyle Gamboa jumped to his death on Sept. 20, 2013