Parkland high school shooting survivor, 19, who struggled with ‘survivor’s guilt’ and losing her best friend, takes her own life
Sydney Aiello, 19, was a recent graduate from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida
Aiello’s mother said her daughter took her own life at the weekend
She took her own life on March 17, her funeral took place Friday
She was close friends with Meadow Pollack, one of the victims of the Parkland shooting
Her mother said her daughter had struggled with ‘survivor’s guilt and was recently diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder’
The Florida Atlantic Univ. student, suffering PTSD since the shooting, struggled to attend college classes because she was afraid of being in a classroom and was often sad
Suspected gunman Nikolas Cruz appeared in court Friday charged with killing 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018
Sydney Aiello [right] had struggled since the death of her close friend Meadow Pollack [left], in the Parkland shooting
‘This court has put us under a schedule, and we are not able to comply with that schedule because we are not receiving the information that we need to prepare this case for trial,’ McNeil said, according to WPLG-TV.
‘You’re being disrespectful and I’m not going to be talked to in this way,’ Scherer told the lawyer.
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After the hearing resumed, the judged eventually agreed to order prosecutors to turn over all of the body cam evidence within 10 days.
Cruz’s trial is scheduled for early next year, no specific date has been set, as yet.
Cruz’s attorneys have said he will plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence.
The prosecution is seeking the death penalty.
On Wednesday it was reported that the Principal of Stoneman Douglas High, Ty Thompson was reassigned amid an ongoing investigation into whether teachers could have prevented the killings.
In January, a commission report found that he was ‘disengaged’ with the school’s threat assessment process and was unaware that shooter Nikolas Cruz’s behavior was of concern.
Three other school employees who were in the school on the day of the shooting have also been reassigned.
Shooter: Suspect Nikolas Cruz appeared in court Friday suspected of killing 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Fla on last year’s Valentine day
A GoFundMe page has been created ‘In Loving Memory of Sydney Aiello’, which has already raised more than $40,000 out of the targeted 420,000.
‘Sydney spent 19 years writing her story as a beloved daughter, sister and friend to many,’ it reads.
Tributes poured in on the page.
‘I knew Sydney when she was a little girl, she was so beautiful, funny & very sweet. She was my granddaughters friend. My heart breaks for Sydney & her family,’ one contributor wrote.
‘Please accept this small token of my heart felt love for you. I will pray hard for you every day,’ Grace Agostino wrote.
‘So sorry for your loss – she was our children’s babysitter,’ the Shear Family wrote.
Cara Aiello said daughter Sydney [photo], was on campus the day of the shooting but not in the Freshman building
Sydney is survived by her parents Cara and Joe, and her brother Nick.
Sydney Aiello loved yoga. According to her mother, she wanted to dedicate her life towards helping others.
Meadow Pollack’s father, Andrew Pollack, told the Miami Herald that his heart goes out to Sydney Aiello’s parents.
Pollack has become an outspoken advocate of increasing school security.
‘It’s terrible what happened. Meadow and Sydney were friends for a long, long time,’ Pollack said. ‘Killing yourself is not the answer,’ he added.
If you or someone you know is struggling you can call the National Suicide Prevention Line on 1-800-273-8255.