3 Victims From the Parkland Shooting Commit Suicide

Posted on May 23, 2019 by

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A shooting never ends with the last bullet; it continues to live on with the survivors and the memory of violence. This was proven true all in one week when three innocent people took their own lives; they had one thing in common: all of them were victims of school shootings.

Over the course of one week, devastating news was released that Jeremy Richman, Sydney Aiello, and a third unnamed sophomore from Parkland had all committed suicide.

Jeremy Richman was a forty-year-old beloved man who died on in March of 2019, making him the latest victim of the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting. Richman’s daughter, Avielle Richman, was a six-year-old girl who died during the Sandy Hook Shooting. Avielle’s family started a foundation called the Avielle Foundation, dedicated to violence control. Even after seven years of co-founding his foundation and living his life, the memory of the tragic event that took his daughter stuck with him. He was found dead in his office on a Monday. He took his own life.

Sydney Aiello was the second victim who took her life that fateful week. She was only nineteen-years-old, just graduated, and was in school at Parkland on 14 February 2018. Although she was not in the freshman building where the shootings occurred, her close friend Meadow Pollack was, and she was killed. After the event, Aiello was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder; her life was consumed with survivor’s guilt. Aiello took her life on 17 March.

The third victim was an unnamed sophomore who went to school at Parkland. More information on that student is told to be released soon.

All three of these deaths have shocked many people. Some are wondering if we should be helping people more after events like these.

“I think it’s a hard topic to say you believe one certain side.  On one hand, you want to help the victims out, but on the other hand, you want their lives to go back to normal,” Cailyn Miller, a junior at FAHS, said.

Others are just giving their sympathy towards those who experienced these events.

“I can’t even begin to imagine what these people were going through, having someone close like your daughter or good friend murdered.  Even just witnessing violence like that  could ruin someone; it did ruin these people,” Mamadou Jalloh, another junior at FAHS, said.

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