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Father of Sandy Hook school shooting victim dies by apparent suicide

Jeremy Richman.
Jeremy Richman. Photo: Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

The father of a Sandy Hook school shooting victim, 49-year-old Jeremy Richman, was found dead at Edmond Town Hall in Newtown, Connecticut, in what is being investigated as an apparent suicide, the Newtown Police Department confirmed in a statement.

The big picture: This follows news that two survivors of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, have died by apparent suicide in the last two weeks. Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy tweeted Monday: "My god. This is awful, horrible, devastating news. Jeremy was a good friend and an unceasing advocate for better research into the brain’s violence triggers. He was with me in my office two weeks ago, excited as could be about the Avielle Foundation’s latest amazing work."

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free and confidential support for anyone in distress, in addition to prevention and crisis resources. Also available for online chat.

Remington can be sued over marketing of rifle used in Sandy Hook shooting

Two Remington rifles lay underneath the Remington logo.
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Gun manufacturer Remington can now be sued for marketing the semiautomatic rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, according to a ruling on Thursday from the Connecticut Supreme Court, AP reports.

The big picture: The ruling permits the lawsuit brought by victims' families to go to trial, which could force the firearms industry to turn over internal documents that it has fought to keep private. Gun control measures have been on the rise in at least 26 states since February, per the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. At the federal level, Congress considered its first gun control bill in 25 years last month.

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