Family shocked by woman’s death |

Family shocked by woman’s death

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

The son of one of the two women who died after leaping from a casino parking garage reported no irregular behavior after he spoke to her last week.

Bernard Eyer, the 28-year-old son of Mi Ai Eyer, 53, spoke to his mother the week before she died 12:50 a.m. Monday. They spoke about the regular things, mainly family.

“She was not acting strangely,” he said. “I’m very shocked. These are difficult times.”

Tong Son Satchell, 44, and Mi Ai Eyer, both from Marina, Calif., climbed on top of a planter box at Harveys Resort and Casino and jumped nearly 60 feet to their deaths, Douglas County sheriff’s deputies reported. The agency is investigating the deaths as a suicide.

Satchell and Eyer were cousins and best friends who often travelled to Tahoe, Bernard said. They were not registered as hotel guests at Harveys.

John Packer, spokesman for Harveys and Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, deferred questions to the sheriff’s department.

“I think this was just going to be a quick visit for them,” Lt. Mike Biaggini said. “They had not checked in anywhere at the time.”

A taxi cab driver was parked and waiting for customers when he heard and saw the women at 12:50 a.m., Biaggini said. There was no suicide note. The matter is still under investigation.

Bernard Eyer disputed the claim said the two seamstresses did not gamble often.

Bernard and family are sifting through facts and rumors of the mysterious deaths.

“I would say she was the most courageous, caring person anyone could ever meet,” Bernard said of his mother. “One thing about her is she would pretty much do anything for a friend in need. She always put things ahead of herself. She definitely taught me the difference between right and wrong.”

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