A teacher plunged to her death three hours after her husband's suicide, apparently blaming herself for his death. Ip Pui-ying, 34, left a note saying she loved her husband Lee Ka-wai, 34, also a teacher, 'very much', although she had rejected his efforts at reconciliation after an affair. The couple were described as 'responsible' and 'hard-working' and the tragedy has shocked students and staff at their two schools. Residents called police when they saw Ip, a teacher at Concordia Lutheran School, standing outside railings on the 21st floor of a Wong Tai Sin estate block about 1am yesterday. She jumped before anyone could stop her. 'The woman was desperate to kill herself. As police and fire officers arrived, she ordered them not to approach and she immediately jumped off the building,' Wong Tai Sin divisional commander, Acting Superintendent Tse Yiu-tak, said. She fell into a flower bed on the ground floor of Ngan Fung House in Fung Tak Estate, and was declared dead at Queen Elizabeth Hospital at 2.30am. A note in her handbag said she loved her husband very much, police said. The note also contained an apology to her parents. Mr Tse believed Ip committed suicide because she thought that she was 'responsible for the death of her husband'. The mathematics teacher killed herself just 600 metres from Chuk Yuen North Estate, where her husband committed suicide at 10pm on Tuesday. Lee, a teacher at Buddhist Ho Kam Nam College, plunged to his death from Mui Yuen House, where his wife's parents live. Ip moved out of the couple's Tsuen Wan apartment in March after she found her husband had a mistress. She had been living alone in Ma On Shan. But he was understood to have recently broken up with his girlfriend and sought a reconciliation. Police said Ip's father told them Lee had telephoned his wife about 20 times and in one call had said he would kill himself if he did not believe she loved him. Ip had learned of Lee's death from her father late on Tuesday. Lee, a Chinese University graduate, was on sick leave on Monday and Tuesday. He joined Buddhist Ho Nam Kam College in 1997, where he taught mathematics and engineering science and also coached the school's basketball team. Assistant principal Lam Chi-lap, who described Lee as a 'responsible, helpful and outstanding teacher', said the school was saddened. 'One or two students in his Form Five class broke into tears after learning of his death,' he said. Ip had taught mathematics at Concordia Lutheran School in Shekkipmei for 11 years, according to principal Chan Chu-chung. 'She was a responsible and hardworking teacher and she had a very good relationship with her colleagues, students and their parents,' he said. The Education and Manpower Bureau said officers would provide assistance to the two schools. People in need of help can call the following hotline numbers: Samaritans (multilingual) 2896 0000 and Samaritan Befrienders (Cantonese) 2389 2222.