Father Of Sandy Hook Victim Takes His Own Life In Front Of Town Hall
A devastated father of one of the 20 kids who were killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting apparently took his own life in front of a Newtown municipal building on Monday.
Police report that 49-year-old Jeremy Richman, who is the father of Avielle Richman, killed himself outside Edmond Town Hall. Authorities discovered his body around 7 a.m. Monday.
“The death appears to be a suicide, but police will not disclose the method or any other details of the death only to state the death does not appear suspicious,” Newtown police said.
An autopsy will be carried out to confirm the cause of death.
“This is a heartbreaking event for the Richman family and the Newtown community as a whole,” police Lieutenant Aaron Bahamonde said. “The police department’s prayers are with the Richman family right now, and we ask that the family be given privacy in this most difficult time.”
Senator Chris Murphy also sent his condolences adding that Richman “was with me in my office two weeks ago, excited as could be about the Avielle Foundation’s latest amazing work.”
“My god. This is awful, horrible, devastating news,” Murphy later tweeted. “Jeremy was a good friend and an unceasing advocate for better research into the brain’s violence triggers.”
The tragic death comes just days after two Parkland students took their own lives after struggling with survivors guilt.
If you are suffering or just need someone to talk to, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.