Is Wynne Lee suicidal? Woman accused in Aiden Leos death overdosed on pills
Wynne Lee, 23, once wrote she wants to kill herself after 'failing' to fulfill her family's expectations
ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA: After Marcus Anthony Eriz and his girlfriend Wynne Lee have been charged for the May 21 murder of Aiden Leos, more details have emerged about them. According to reports, the 23-year-old female, who is facing charges for being an accessory in the shooting and illegally carrying a concealed firearm, suffered from depression in her early years. It has also been said that there was a time when she used to think about taking her life.
Lee — daughter of Taiwanese immigrants — was just 12 when she experienced issues with her mental well-being. In 2015, she went public about her struggles and explained in a Kaiser Health News story how cultural expectations took a toll on her. The article stated that Lee had no idea from where her hopelessness was coming from. “She knew, however, that she was failing — she was defying expectations of who she was supposed to be. Growing up in San Gabriel Valley, a destination for Asian immigrant families with high educational and economic aspirations, she believed she was supposed to work hard, get good grades and make her Taiwanese immigrant parents proud. She wasn’t doing any of that, and she didn’t know how to ask for help,” it added.
Also, an old journal entry of Lee read, “My time is coming. It’s already time for me to die. I can’t wait... So yeah I plan to kill myself during spring break, which by the way, starts in two days. – Wynne Lee, 3/29/12.” Once, she had even reportedly overdosed on prescription pills and as a result, she was sent to a psychiatric facility. There she got to know that she had depression. “The suicidal thoughts are seeping back here and there by droplets... I’m not feeling any better. I’m still not able to handle this at all. I’m not healing,” Lee’s journal entry from May 2014 stated.
However, eventually, things started to fall into place as in her sophomore year in high school, Lee started to talk to her mother. “This is going to be the best summer ever,” she noted in her journal. In the fall of 2014, she was also invited to be part of a panel for Hollywood screenwriters and producers about mental health, which boosted her confidence.
According to her now-deleted LinkedIn profile, Lee had also taken up several jobs to earn between 2015 to 2019. The job types include working at McDonald’s, optometrist office assistant, bank teller, “budtender” at two marijuana dispensaries and a job as a supervisor and trainer at the Bruxie fried chicken and waffle restaurant in Chino. About the work experience at Bruxie. Lee had said, “I importantly gained experience in pacifying guest complaints and de-escalating situations, be it customer or employee.”
Aiden Leos was just six when he was killed while he was on his way to kindergarten with his mother. After days of search, Marcus Eriz and Lee were caught and then charged as the suspects in the case. It has been reported that the two used to live as a couple together in Costa Mesa, California. For how long they have been together is not known, but they were colleagues in Highland in San Bernardino County, Kimberly Edds, a spokeswoman for the Orange County DA’s Office, said.