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.
Kymberlyrenee Gamboa, Kyle’s mother, looks through old photos of him at her home in Sacramento, Calif. Drawings, photos and notes to him decorate their home today. Rainbows were Kyle’s favorite thing to draw in art class or for friends.
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.
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.
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.
Manuel Gamboa III is two years older than his brother Kyle. He says that Kyle never told him that he was struggling with anything.
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.
Manuel Gamboa III holds a picture that a child drew for him as he leaves the bridge board meeting. He hasn’t been to as many meetings as his parents because for him it only makes it harder.
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.
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.
Pole number 77 is where Kyle Gamboa jumped to his death on Sept. 20, 2013