The death of a woman with a history of suicide attempts and mental illness has been ruled a suicide
A suicide by her mother-in-law was ruled a homicide on Thursday after the mother of her daughter and a member of the family committed suicide.
The woman was found dead in her home in the central city of Sderot, a few kilometers from the entrance of the Knesset, according to Israeli police.
Her mother-to-be, whose name has not been released, was identified by a relative as Pia Piana, 52.
She was a member in good standing of the Jewish Agency for Israel, according the local police.
The Knessen, Israel’s parliament, has been conducting a series of inquiries into suicide attacks, but there was no indication of a link between Pia’s death and the probe.
Her father-in‑law, who has been identified as Yosef Tsereteli, said Pia had been having suicidal thoughts for months.
“She would tell me, ‘You should be ashamed, I am going to kill myself,'” he told Haaretz newspaper.
“We had been living together for over 10 years and we had been together for 10 years.
We had a great marriage and I loved her.
I felt safe.
I had a family of my own.”
Pia, who was born in Sderots and lived in the northern city of Ashdod, was known for her support of Israel’s LGBT community.
Her husband, Yosef, who also served in the IDF, had told a reporter in 2015 that Pia “is a Jew of great character and great values”.
Her family members have denied any wrongdoing.
In 2015, Pia wrote an open letter to the public about her suicidal thoughts.
“I am not afraid of anyone, but I am afraid of myself,” she wrote.
“I was the first person to express my fears to the world,” she said.
“The first time I wrote this, I felt it was a crime against humanity to tell the world that I have suicidal thoughts and that my life is in danger.”
Piania had received a number of psychiatric evaluations and was taking medications for depression.