Father of Sandy Hook shooting victim dies in apparent suicide

Jeremy Richman stands the backyard of his home in 2013. His daughter Avielle Richman was one of 20 Sandy Hook Elementary School students killed in a mass shooting on December 14, 2012.

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The father of a 6-year-old girl killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre was found dead Monday morning from an apparent suicide, police said.

The body of Jeremy Richman was found in his Connecticut office building, Newtown police said.

Richman, 49, was the father of Avielle Richman, who was among 20 children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Police said they “will not disclose the method or any other details of the death,” other than it does not appear to be suspicious.

Richman’s death is the third suicide in the past week related to school massacres.

Last week, Sydney Aiello, a 2018 graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, died by suicide. She survived the attack on Valentine’s Day 2018 that killed 17 people at the school in Parkland, Florida.

Aiello, a Florida Atlantic University student, suffered from survivor’s guilt and had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, her mom told CNN affiliate WFOR.

Then on Saturday, a second Marjory Stoneman Douglas student died in what police describe as “an apparent suicide.”

The student has not been publicly identified. It’s not clear under what circumstances the student died, or whether the apparent suicide was related to last year’s massacre.

If you or someone you know might be at risk of suicide, here’s how to get help: In the US, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. The International Association for Suicide Prevention and Befrienders Worldwide also can provide contact information for crisis centers around the world.

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