Second Parkland shooting survivor kills himself, police confirm

Second Parkland shooting survivor kills himself, police confirm

Second Parkland shooting survivor kills himself, police confirm

19-year-old Parkland school shooting survivor Sydney Aiello has died by suicide. Reik could not confirm the student's gender or age and did not provide the cause of death.

The student was described by Reik as a juvenile and released no further information, including the name.

On Feb. 14, 2018, a gunman opened fire at the school, killing 17 students and staff members and injuring 17 others as horrified students ran for their lives and watched their classmates gunned down.

After the shooting, Stoneman Douglas students became crusaders against gun violence under the banner "March for Our Lives", lobbying for tougher gun control laws and organizing protests and rallies.

A second Parkland shooting survivor has committed suicide, Florida authorities say.

David Hogg, one of the most prominent student activists from the school, tweeted Sunday morning: "How many more kids have to be taken from us as a result of suicide for the government / school district to do anything?"

Sydney Aiello, a senior at Stoneman Douglas a year ago, battled post traumatic stress disorder after the shooting.

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.

Sydney's close friend, Meadow Pollack, was one of the 17 people who were killed in the mass shooting.

Friends have raised more than $US70,000 ($98,770) to cover the costs of her funeral.

Aiello's family told CBS Miami that she had struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder following the shooting back in February. She loved yoga and according to her mother, wanted to dedicate her life to helping others.

Sydney was sad but never asked for help before she killed herself, Aiello said.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

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