01/30/2014 05:11 EST | Updated 01/30/2014 05:59 EST

Mexican Woman Lived Like A "Ghost" In Vancouver, Was Despondent After CBSA Arrest

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A Canadian Border Services vehicle stands outside of Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in Richmond.

Lucia Vega Jimenez lived like a "ghost" in Vancouver. She had no family, no close friends and worked illegally as a hotel cleaner, sending all her earnings to support her ailing mother in Mexico.

In the week before her suicide last month in a Canadian Border Services holding cell, the 42-year-old Vancouver woman was despondent.