Two Arizona sisters described as “sisters” by their brother “healthy and happy”Authorities claim that the deceased died of assisted suicide at a hospital in Switzerland last month.
Lila Ammouri, 54, was a palliative medicine doctor and Susan Frazier (49), was a registered nurse. Cal Ammouri (66) was devastated by the news. The Independent reported.
Ammouri claimed that the last time he spoke to his sisters was just weeks before they went to Switzerland. He stated that they never told him that they were suffering any illness that could have caused them to want to end their lives. Toronto Sun reported.
The sisters traveled from Arizona, to Basel (Switzerland) on February 3. They were scheduled to return home on February 13. Fox10 Phoenix reported.
Friends and colleagues became concerned when the women didn’t show up at work at Aetna on February 15, according to the news outlet.
Dr. David Bilgari, a longtime friend of the sisters said that no one had heard from them since Feb. 9, and alleged that some of their final texts seemed to have been sent by someone else, Fox10 Phoenix reported.
“Some of the text communications they had, we are certain they were not from them,”Biglari spoke. “They were most likely fabricated with someone else.”
Friends of the sisters reached the embassy as well as international and local authorities. Biglari also expressed suspicions about foul play and claimed the authorities are investigating. “not really taking it very seriously,” Fox10 Phoenix reported.
The Bureau of Consular Affairs of United States Department of State later confirmed the deaths of Ammouri & Frazier, according to the news outlet.
“We can confirm the death of two U.S. citizens in Switzerland. Out of respect for the privacy of the family, we have no further comment at this time,”According to Fox10 Phoenix, Jill Barwig, Bureau of Consular Affairs, made the following statement.
Michael Lutz, a spokesman for the Basel-Landschaft Public Prosecutor’s Office said that assisted suicide is legal in Switzerland “under certain circumstances,”The Independent reported.
Lutz confirmed to the news outlet, that both sisters had committed suicide. “within the legal framework.”
“In the specific case, the on-site checks by the authorities revealed that the assisted suicide took place within the legal framework so that the Basel-Landschaft public prosecutor’s office did not open a criminal investigation,”The spokesman stated that.
Cal Ammouri who lives in New York said that his sister were very close. They were his only living relatives, he said.
“They were really special. They never hurt anybody. They were always helping everybody. They would go out of their way to help people, which is rare,”He said.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers confidential and free emotional support, 24 hours a days, 7 days a săptămână. The number is 1-800-273-8255. Text HOME to 741-741 or use the Crisis Text Line (Crisis Text Line).