Yet another tragedy was reported today in an abrupt series linked to school mass shootings.
CNN reported that the body of Jeremy Richman, 49, was discovered this morning in his Connecticut office, the victim of an apparent suicide. Richman, a neuroscientist, was the father of six-year-old Avielle Richman, who was among 20 children and six adults murdered in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Richman’s death was the third in the past week believed related to school mass shootings.
Sydney Aiello, a Florida Atlantic University student who was a survivor of the 2018 Valentine’s Day attack that killed 14 students and three faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, took her life on March 17. She had been been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suffered from survivor’s guilt, her parents reported. Then, on March 22, another student survivor of the Parkland tragedy, who has not been identified, died in what police described as an “apparent suicide.” I posted previously on the deaths of Aiello and the unidentified girl. Whether the latter student’s suicide was related to the shooting has not been confirmed.After his daughter’s death, Richman had co-founded The Avielle Foundation, a nonprofit committed to violence prevention through research and community engagement.
“Our hearts are shattered, and our heads are struggling to comprehend,” the foundation said in a statement to CNN.