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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.

19-year-old Parkland survivor takes her own life

This image shows a large memorial of flowers and plaques underneath the Stoneman Douglas High School welcome sign.
The one-year anniversary memorial of the Parkland mass shooting. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Sydney Aiello, a 19-year-old survivor of last year's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, took her own life last weekend after living with post-traumatic stress disorder following the shooting, per CBS News.

The big picture: Aiello's death is a reminder that the effects of traumatic events like Parkland, the nation's deadliest school shooting since the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, can reverberate long afterward. Family friends write on a GoFundMe page set up in her honor that she "aspired to work in the medical field helping others in need."

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.

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