Thursday, 18 July 2019
Latest news
Main » Sandy Hook victim's father apparently took his own life

Sandy Hook victim's father apparently took his own life

26 March 2019

Local news station WFSB reports that Jeremy Richman's body was found at the Newtown Town Hall on Monday morning.

Following his daughter's murder, Richman helped start the foundation to "fund research exploring the underpinnings of the brain that lead to violent behaviors, and to foster the engagement of communities to apply these insights and build compassion", the foundation's website says.

When police arrived on the scene around 7 a.m., Monday, March 25, they found Jeremy Richman, 49, of Newtown, deceased.

No other details surrounding Richman's death were available.

Richman, whose daughter Avielle was killed in a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, founded the Avielle Foundation for brain research. "How many more kids have to be taken from us as a result of suicide for the government / school district to do anything?" the 18-year-old wrote.

More news: IPL 2019: Gayle becomes fastest batsman to score 4,000 runs

Richman, who was studying the brain and violence, had an office at the town hall.

Richman founded and ran the Avielle Foundation - a violence prevention charity - with his wife Jennifer Hensel in honor of their daughter's death. Lt. Aaron Bahamonde said in the release.

Multiple suicides among mass shooting survivors can be alarming, but mental health experts said the Florida deaths are not surprising.

As a neuroscientist, Richman spoke out for greater attention to problems of brain chemistry he said could have contributed to violent incidents like the Sandy Hook shooting.

"He had such a clear goal of what he wanted to do to honor his daughter", said a family member of one of the Sandy Hook shooting victims.

More news: Apple Arcade, TV Plus, Streaming Service

The announcement comes just a day after police in Florida said a second student who survived the 2018 Parkland shooting died of an apparent suicide.

Richman dedicated himself to the cause, becoming known locally and nationally for his advocacy on mental health issues, up until his death on Monday.

"As we did six years ago and now must do again today, we ask both the media and the public to give the family the privacy anyone would deserve to begin to process this tragic development".

Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said on Sunday that parents and organisations across the county were discussing what could be done to help children "throughout the county cope with trauma and depression".

If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting 741741.

More news: All the important stuff from Apple's services event (+)

Sandy Hook victim's father apparently took his own life