Second Parkland Shooting Survivor Takes His Own Life

Coral Springs police confirmed on Sunday that a second Parkland shooting survivor has killed himself.

Investigators told the Miami Herald that a current Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student died in “an apparent suicide” on Saturday night.

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Police are still investigating the incident.

Police could not confirm the age of the student however Coral Springs police spokesman Tyler Reik said the student was a juvenile.  Sources have indicated that the student was a male sophomore.

His name has still not been released.

Ryan Petty, father of Alaina Petty, a 14-year-old freshman who was one of 17 people murdered on Feb. 14. 2018, told the Miami Herald the student who died Saturday also died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Petty founded a suicide prevention foundation called the Walk Up Foundation after his daughter Alaina death. He said “the issue of suicide needs to be talked about.”

“This is another tragic example,” Petty said, who has partnered with Columbia University for his Foundation.

“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,” he said. “We need to get them the help they need.”

The death follows the suicide of another Parkland student Sydney Aiello who took her life just last weekend, at the age of 19.

Sydney Aiello, Parkland Shooting Survivor Takes Her Own Life

Cara Aiello, Sydney’s mother, told CBS Miami that her daughter struggled with survivor’s guilt and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder in the year following the tragedy. And while she reportedly never asked for help, she struggled to attend college classes because she was scared of being in a classroom.

Sydney was also a close friend of Meadow Pollack, one of the students who was shot and killed in the Parkland shooting.

This horrible news is just breaking.   We will update the story as more comes in.

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