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Father of Sandy Hook victim dies in apparent suicide at Newtown’s town hall

Jeremy Richman (center) with his wife Jennifer Hensel, who held a photo of their daughter, during a 2013 news conference.
Jeremy Richman (center) with his wife Jennifer Hensel, who held a photo of their daughter, during a 2013 news conference. (Ozier Muhammad/New York Times/File)

The father of one of the 20 children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut has been found dead of an apparent suicide, police said.

The body of 49-year-old Jeremy Richman was found Monday morning inside Newtown’s Edmond Town Hall, where he had an office, Newtown police said. An autopsy is expected Monday.

Richman was the father of Avielle Richman, one of the first-graders killed along with six educators in the shooting on Dec. 14, 2012. He and his wife created The Avielle Foundation, a group dedicating to preventing violence by seeking a better understanding of brain health.

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Police Lt. Aaron Bahamonde called Richman’s death heartbreaking for the family and town.

Richman’s death comes as officials in Parkland, Florida, are publicizing counseling services after two survivors of a high school massacre there killed themselves.

Residents held placards during a gathering outside Edmond Town Hall to observe the six-month anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on June 14, 2013.
Residents held placards during a gathering outside Edmond Town Hall to observe the six-month anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on June 14, 2013. (REUTERS/File)

If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). You can find a list of additional resources at SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources.