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Heartbreak anew after 2 Parkland teens, Sandy Hook father dead from apparent suicides


Two communities in Florida and Connecticut mourning again

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In the past week, three more lives connected to the tragedies at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, were lost.

Apparent suicides by survivors and victims' loved ones have reopened the deep wounds left by murderers in the two horrific school shootings.

What are the details?

On Monday morning, the father of a little girl killed in the Newtown massacre, was discovered dead in his office and is also believed to have killed himself.

Jeremy Richman' 6-year-old daughter, Avielle Richman, was among the 26 children and educators killed in the Dec. 14, 2012, mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He was found dead Monday morning from an apparent suicide, according to police in Newtown, Connecticut, ABC News reported.

In Florida, a 19-year-old former Marjory Stoneman Douglas student, Sydney Aiello, took her own life on March 17. On Saturday night, an unnamed male student, who's name has not been released, currently enrolled at the school was found in a second apparent suicide.

Aiello was friends with MSD victim Meadow Pollack, who was killed along with 16 other people on Feb. 14, 2018. Aiello's mother told WFOR-TV that her daughter suffered from survivor's guilt and had recently been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

On Sunday, officials at the Broward County School District — which oversees Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — called an emergency meeting on how to provide further resources to "discuss what we can do to help students at MSD and children throughout the county cope with trauma and depression," ABC News reported.

More than 60 people were in attendance, according to the Miami Herald, including mental health specialists, law enforcement, and officials along with teachers and parents.

Broward County schools have also set up a "resilience center," the Washington Post reported, which "provides crisis and grief counseling, as well as support groups, for those still grappling with trauma from the shooting."

Anything else?

According to the American Psychiatric Association, "in some cases, a recent stressor or sudden catastrophic event, failure or (loss) can leave people feeling desperate, unable to see a way out, and become a 'tipping point' toward suicide."

ABC News reported that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., and rates have been increasing "by a staggering 2 percent each year" since 2006.

If you, or anyone you know, is struggling and needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

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