A devastated, “bubbly” British woman stepped in front of a train over the weekend, killing herself in the same manner as her “soulmate” who committed suicide exactly two months before.
Twenty-year-old Becky Tait was so devastated by the suicide of her boyfriend, Phil James, 19, that she took her own life Sunday along the same stretch of track in Stone that her boyfriend, known fondly as Skinny, used to kill himself Sept. 9.
The two were longtime friends and had recently become romantic, a mutual friend named Adam, who did not give his last name, told UK newspaper The Mirror.
“They really got along and went to Portugal this summer; when Phil died she said she’d lost her soulmate,” he told the outlet. “She was inconsolable and I don’t think she coped well. Despite people trying to show their support she just shied away and went into her own little bubble. She didn’t talk about it, which I don’t think helped. It’s a tragic loss of two good people. It is so sad.”
Tait died after being hit by the train around 6:15 p.m. Sunday. James was hospitalized for two days before succumbing to his injuries, the Stoke Sentinel reported.
“Sadly Becky took her own life,” her family wrote in a statement. “We would like to thank everyone for their kind wishes, support and floral tributes.”
The two lovers now have their own condolence pages set up on Facebook, where friends openly grieve the tremendous loss. Just days after James’ death, his girlfriend posted a picture on his page of the couple vacationing in Portugal, along with the caption, “The best memories with the best person I’ve ever met. I love you so much ….”
Tait worked as a home health care aid, while James was known as an enthusiastic rugby player well-loved by his teammates.
“This will have a double impact on their friends and it’s horrendous,” Phil’s former rugby coach, Becky Davies, told the Mirror. “I felt devastated when I heard about it. As a parent, my thoughts are with her family. The fact they had to help her through the first situation with Phil and are now having to go through it themselves is something I couldn’t even quantify. It’s horrendous news and extremely sad.”