Second Parkland shooting survivor commits suicide one week after fellow classmate
A male sophomore at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student died in ‘an apparent suicide’ on Saturday night
The student’s name has not been released as the investigation is ongoing
His death came one week after classmate Sydney Aiello, 19, took her own life
Both students reportedly died from a gunshot to the head – The two suicides have brought the death toll from the Valentines Day 2018 shooting to 19
Sydney lost her best friend Meadow Pollock in the February 2018 attack that left 17 dead and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and ‘survivor’s guilt’
Meadow’s family members paid tribute to Sydney following her death
‘It was devastating to bury another beautiful young person in Parkland today,’ Meadow’s brother Hunter Pollock wrote on Twitter
‘It’s terrible what happened. Meadow and Sydney were friends for a long, long time,’ Meadow’s father and gun reform activist Andrew Pollock said
A second student who survived the mass shootting Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has apparently died by suicide
A second Parkland shooting survivor has died by suicide in less than one week, Florida authorities say.
The Miami Herald reported Sunday that a current Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student died in ‘an apparent suicide’ on Saturday night.
The student’s name has not been released but Coral Springs police spokesman Tyler Reik said it was a sophomore boy. The police investigation is ongoing.
Petty, who has partnered with Columbia University for his Foundation, added: ‘When you look at Columbine as an example, almost just as many students killed themselves after the fact than in the actual shooting. That needs to change.
‘We need to get them the help they need.’
MSD graduate and gun control activist David Hogg wrote on Twitter: ‘How many more kids have to be taken from us as a result of suicide for the government / school district to do anything? Rip 17 + 2.’
A second Parkland shooting survivor has died by suicide less than one week after 19-year-old classmate Sydney Aiello [L-R] took her own life. The second victim has not been named but was identified as a male sophomore enrolled at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Victims of the shooting were being treated on the sidewalk by first responders while the gunman was opened fire on students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb 14, 2018
MSD graduate and gun control activist David Hogg responded to the news on Twitter
Sydney’s family said she had suffered from ‘survivor’s guilt’ and post-traumatic stress disorder after losing her best friend Meadow Pollack in the shooting that left 17 students and staff dead.
A GoFundMe page raising money for Sydney’s funeral expenses reached $60,896 on Saturday, surpassing the goal of $20,000.
Meadow’s grief-stricken family shared their heartbreak on having to bury yet another Parkland teenager.
‘It was devastating to bury another beautiful young person in Parkland today. Our community is going through tragedy again. Please keep the Aiello Family in your prayers,’ Hunter Pollack, Meadow’s brother, wrote on Twitter on Friday.
‘Rest in peace, Sydney. Please take care of my sister,’ he added.
Meadow Pollock seen [left], with her brother Hunter Pollock was killed in the deadly Parkland High School shooting that killed 17 staff and students on Feb 14, 2018. Her close friend Sydney Aiello, 19, who survived the shooting killed herself on Sunday, a year after the tragedy
He paid tribute to Sydney who was best friends with Meadow while they attended Parkland High together
Meadow’s father Andrew Pollock, who has turned into a gun reform activist following the attack, told the Miami Herald his ‘heart goes out to those poor, poor parents’.
‘It’s terrible what happened. Meadow and Sydney were friends for a long, long time,’ he said.
‘Killing yourself is not the answer,’ he added.
Aiello died on Sunday at her home in Coconut Creek, Florida, suffering a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Broward County medical examiner’s office. Her funeral took place Friday.
‘Parkland Dad’ Andrew Pollock, who has become a gun reform activist following the Parkland shooting and the death of his daughter Meadow Pollock, also lamented Sydney’s death saying his ‘heart goes out to those poor, poor parents’
Sydney Aiello [right] had struggled since the death of her close friend Meadow Pollock [left], in the Parkland shooting
‘It’s terrible what happened. Meadow and Sydney were friends for a long, long time. Killing yourself is not the answer,’ Meadow’s father Andrew Pollock said on Sydney’s death. Sydney, graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018, one month after the devastating shooting that killed 17 students and staff and shook the nation.
She went on to study at Florida Atlantic University, but struggled to attend college classes because she was afraid of being in a classroom.
Her mother Cara Aiello said her daughter was on campus at Marjory when Cruz opened fire, but was not in the Freshman Building.
Following the shooting Sydney was often sad but didn’t ask for help before she killed herself.