A couple found in a Staten Island hotel room died of an apparent suicide pact. The pair were found by Hilton Hotel staffers on Friday who entered the room after the couple had not checked out. Family and friends of 37-year-old Scott Jacobi and 34-year-old Theresa Mateo were shocked to learn of the double suicide.
The NY Post said the couple were discovered “lovingly wrapped in each other’s arms in bed — in an apparent double suicide in a Hilton Garden Inn hotel on Staten Island.” The couple checked in Wednesday night about 6 p.m., according to hotel records.
Cradling one another, family said they believe that Jacobi and Mateo were “victims of despair” after falling on tough times.
A relative of Jacobi, who asked to not be identified, said “they were having a run of bad luck,” but would not elaborate why. Jacobi and Mateo had been dating for about eight months, the source confirmed. Neighbors of the Bronx woman say that Mateo was not happy about her relationship, and was still upset over losing a previous boyfriend.
“Theresa always said to me, ‘I can’t find the right guy,’” said one neighbor, who also wished to remain anonymous.
Linda Mateo, Theresa’s mother, said she couldn’t believe her “baby is gone” and also blamed the suicide on depression over an ex-relationship.
Autopsies are being done on the bodies, but police reported that it appeared that the couple, found fully clothed and holding each other on the bed, died from ingesting some sort of deadly drug concoction.
In a statement, Staten’s medical examiner's office said there “was no blood, nothing like that, no signs that weapons were used.”
A neighbor of Jacobi said he thought of him as a “second son.”
“He was such a good guy,” said Terry Delre. “He was such a sweetheart... I called him my second son. Clean cut, hardworking, no wild parties, no nothing. I never once seen that boy drunk.”