TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) - In less than a week, two Parkland shooting survivors have died in apparent suicides. The deaths come more than a year after a gunman opened fire inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killing 17 people.
Just days after shooting survivor 19-year-old Sydney Aiello took her own life, Coral Springs Police said a second survivor is dead from an apparent suicide, according to the Miami Herald.
"Individuals who are feeling suicidal feel like their alone," Crisis Center of Tampa Bay C.E.O. Clara Reynolds told FOX 13. "They feel like the world will be a better place without them and they have some sort of means. When those three things come together, those are the individuals that we really want to reach out to."
The male student, who hasn't been publicly identified, was a sophomore at Stoneman Douglas High School and was among those who escaped with their lives back on February 14, 2018.
Aiello was a close friend to Meadow Pollack who died in the shooting.
"Two MSD survivors took their own lives this week," Pollack's father Andrew Pollack tweeted Sunday. "This isn’t political, these are OUR KIDS! Our most precious commodities. Students, please seek help. I don’t want any parent to feel how I feel. You’re loved."
"It's so important to help individuals understand what is in their sphere of control and what isn't," Reynolds said.
As Reynolds explained, victims of trauma can struggle with guilt over failing to stop tragedy, despite it being out of their control.
"That thinking will continue to escalate," Reynolds said, "to the point that you become very depressed and very despondent."
If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, don't hesitate to call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.