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The Latest: Group says Newtown dad’s death is devastating

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the community of Parkland, Florida, focusing on suicide prevention programs after two survivors of a high school massacre there killed themselves (all times local):

Police say 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.

Newtown police say the body of 49-year-old Jeremy Richman was found Monday morning inside Newtown’s Edmond Town Hall, where he had an office. 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.

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.

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The community of Parkland, Florida, is focusing on suicide prevention programs after two survivors of the Florida high school massacre there killed themselves this month.

Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky said Monday that officials are publicizing the available counseling services after a second Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student apparently killed himself over the weekend. That came a week after a recent graduate, who was close friends with victim Meadow Pollack, killed herself after her family said she suffered from survivor’s guilt.

Fourteen students and three staff members died in the Feb. 14, 2018, shooting at the 3,200-student school and 17 others were wounded. Some students and other have begun adding these two deaths to the total in posts on Twitter.

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