Woman Quotes Linkin Park to Save Suicidal Man

"Who cares if one more light goes out? I do"

July 31, 2019

A woman by the name of Cristina Settanni saved a man's life by quoting Linkin Park lyrics in Florida. 

Settanni was on her morning commute, when she drove by a guy sitting on the ledge of an overpass. She didn't keep going like everyone else, though. Cristina pulled over, and climbed onto the ledge with him. "If you go, I go," she told the distraught man when he made a move forward.

She wondered how to calm him, to comfort him. She recited a lyric from the Linkin Park song "One More Light."

"Who cares if one more light goes out, in a sky of a million stars? Well, I do."

"I didn't know if it clicked with him, but he just cried" explained Cristina.

Other drivers called 911, but when police came the man still refused to step back. While Cristina was talking with him, they reached over and pulled him to safety. He wasn't arrested, but rather taken to a mental health facility for treatment.

The man had made some bad decisions and let his family down, but thanks to the kindess of strangers and some wisdom from Linkin Park, this one has a happy ending.

The story made its way to the band, who tweeted out a thank you to Cristina.

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