Dad of Sandy Hook school shooting victim dies in apparent suicide: Police

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Jeremy Richman, the father of a Sandy Hook school shooting victim, was found dead Monday morning from an apparent suicide, according to police in Newtown, Connecticut.

The body of Richman, 49, was found at Edmond Town Hall in Newtown, where he had an office, authorities said.

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Richman’s 6-year-old daughter, Avielle Richman, was among the 26 children and educators killed in the Dec. 14, 2012, mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

 Jeremy Richman looks at a picture of his daughter, Avielle Richman, on his computer screen as he gives a lecture via Skype on behalf of the Avielle Foundation from his Newtown, Conn. home, Oct. 30, 2013.
(Craig Ruttle/AP, FILE)  Jeremy Richman looks at a picture of his daughter, Avielle Richman, on his computer screen as he gives a lecture via Skype on behalf of the Avielle Foundation from his Newtown, Conn. home, Oct. 30, 2013.

Police did not provide any additional details surrounding his death beyond describing it as an apparent suicide. An autopsy is expected to be performed Monday, police said.

“My god. This is awful, horrible, devastating news,” Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, tweeted Monday morning. “Jeremy was a good friend and an unceasing advocate for better research into the brain’s violence triggers.”

Murphy said Richman “was with me in my office two weeks ago, excited as could be about the Avielle Foundation’s latest amazing work.”

 Jennifer Hensel and Jeremy Richman, parents of Sandy Hook School shooting victim Avielle Rose Richman, listen at a news conference at Edmond Town Hall in Newtown, Conn., Jan. 14, 2013.
(Jessica Hill/AP, FILE)  Jennifer Hensel and Jeremy Richman, parents of Sandy Hook School shooting victim Avielle Rose Richman, listen at a news conference at Edmond Town Hall in Newtown, Conn., Jan. 14, 2013.

After his daughter’s murder, Richman founded The Avielle Foundation, a nonprofit working to prevent violence and build “compassion through brain research, community engagement, and education.”

 Jeremy Richman, top right, listens as Mark Barden, the father of a victim at Sandy Hook Elementary School, joins U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in making a statement on gun violence in the Rose Garden of the White House on April 17, 2013, in Washington.
(Getty Images, FILE)  Jeremy Richman, top right, listens as Mark Barden, the father of a victim at Sandy Hook Elementary School, joins U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in making a statement on gun violence in the Rose Garden of the White House on April 17, 2013, in Washington….

Newtown Police Lt. Aaron Bahamonde called Richman’s death a “heartbreaking event” for the Richman family and Newtown community.

Bahamonde said “the police department’s prayers are with the Richman family.”

Richman’s death comes just days after what police say was the apparent suicides of two Parkland, Florida, area teenagers.

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