(CBS) — On the day a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Sydney Aiello escaped with her life. However, the grief of losing 17 of her classmates and teachers, as well as the long-lasting effects of enduring such a traumatic event, weighed heavily on her. And this weekend, at the age of 19, Aiello took her own life.
Now, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas community is mourning yet another loss.
Sydney’s mother, Cara Aiello, told CBS Miami that her daughter struggled with survivor’s guilt and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder in the year following the tragedy. And while she reportedly never asked for help, she struggled to attend college classes because she was scared of being in a classroom.
Sydney was also a close friend of Meadow Pollack, one of the students who was shot and killed in the Parkland shooting. Meadow’s father, Andrew, became one of the most visible of the Parkland victims’ parents when he delivered a searing and emotional speech at the White House just a few days after the shooting, arguing for an increase in school safety rather than changes to America’s gun laws.
While the nation’s attention turned to budding young activists like David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez, however, other Parkland survivors were suffering in silence. And the Aiello family’s tragedy is an all too painful reminder that trauma effects teens deeply, often quietly, and for years.
Ryan Petty, whose daughter Alaina died in the shooting, told CBS Miami he worries that more traumatized Parkland teens will take their own lives. So, he has focused his grief and his efforts into suicide prevention.
“It breaks my heart that we’ve lost yet another student from Stoneman Douglas,” Petty said. “My advice to parents is to ask questions, don’t wait.”
There is now a GoFundMe page to help Sydney Aiello’s parents and brother pay for her memorial services.
If you or someone you know is struggling, call
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the Suicide Crisis Line at 1-800-784-2433.
Father of Sandy Hook School Shooting Victim Dies In Apparent Suicide
(CNN) — A father dedicated to helping prevent mass shootings after his daughter was killed in the Sandy Hook massacre has died of an apparent suicide.
The body of Jeremy Richman was found in his Connecticut office building Monday morning, Newtown police said.
His death is the third suicide in the past week related to school massacres.
Richman, 49, was the father of 6-year-old Avielle Richman, who was among 20 children and six adults killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
Police said they “will not disclose the method or any other details” of Richman’s death, other than it does not appear to be suspicious.
Actor Luke Perry Dies At Age 52 After Suffering Massive Stroke
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A publicist for Luke Perry says the “Riverdale” and “Beverly Hills, 90210” star has died. He was 52.
Publicist Arnold Robinson said that Perry died Monday after suffering a massive stroke.
Robinson says Perry’s family and friends were with him when he died. Among them were his children, siblings, fiancée and former wife.
The actor had been hospitalized since last week. Robinson said no further details would be released at this time.
The publicist added that Perry’s family appreciates the support and prayers that were offered since Perry was hospitalized on Wednesday.
Born in Mansfield, Ohio, Perry moved to Los Angeles after high school to pursue acting. His TV career began when he was 16, and the actor cut his teeth acting in soap operas like ABC’s “Loving” and “Another World” on NBC, and doing voice work for animated series such as “The Incredible Hulk” and “Biker Mice From Mars.”
However, in 1990 Perry became a household name for playing the brooding loner Dylan McKay on the smash hit teen drama “Beverly Hills, 90210” on Fox. The show became a phenomenon, catapulting Perry to full-blown teen idol status. He appeared on a racy Vanity Fair cover in July 1992.
Perry had two runs on “90210,” one from 1990 to 1995 and another from 1998 to the show’s end in 2000, during which time his character struggled with alcohol abuse and drug addiction, and went through a series of tumultuous relationships with several other main characters including Brenda (played by Shannen Doherty) and Kelly (played by Jennie Garth).
Coincidentally, Perry was hospitalized the same day Fox announced a six-episode revival of the show, featuring returning cast members Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green, and Tori Spelling. Perry had not been announced to return.
While starring in “90210,” Perry made a brief appearance as Billy Masterson in Luc Besson’s whacky sci-fi pic “The Fifth Element” in 1997. He co-starred in the quirky 2007 HBO series “John from Cincinnati” and had recurring roles on series including “Jeremiah,” “Oz,” and “What I Like About You.”
More recently, Perry made a successful return to the TV drama genre with a regular role on the CW show “Riverdale.” He played Fred Andrews, the conservative, old-fashioned yet soft father of the show’s lead Archie Andrews (KJ Apa).
He will appear posthumously in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” playing the real-life Canadian-American actor Wayne Maunder who starred in the CBS Western TV show “Lancer.”
Perry is survived by his daughter Sophie and his son Jack, a professional wrestler who goes by the ring name “Jungle Boy” Nate Coy. [Variety]
Keith Flint, Vocalist Of The Prodigy, Dies At 49
Keith Flint, the provocative frontman of British dance act The Prodigy who helped bring electronic music into America’s mainstream arena, has died at the age of 49. No cause of death was confirmed, though bandmate Liam Howlett wrote on Monday morning that “our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend.”
The Prodigy confirmed Flint’s death Monday on its Facebook account. “It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint,” the statement read. “A true pioneer, innovator and legend. He will be forever missed.”
Flint was the face of “Firestarter,” The Prodigy’s 1996 anthem that is often credited with popularizing dance music in the U.S., at least among alternative rock fans. The rave anthem, powered by a menacing MTV video starring a flamboyant Flint in a stars-and-stripes sweater, reached No. 30 on the Billboard Hot 100. Back in England, it was The Prodigy’s first No. 1, although the band had already clocked five Top 10 songs there.
The fervor carried over to the following year when The Prodigy’s third album, The Fat Of The Land, topped the Billboard 200 in the U.S. and went No. 1 in at least eight other countries.
While The Prodigy’s 15 minutes of fame in the U.S. quickly waned — along with similarly situated electronic artists like The Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim — the act remained popular in the U.K., where it topped the album charts seven times between 1994 and 2018.
Flint’s success as a vocalist and lyricist was something of an anomaly. After spending some itinerant time traveling the Middle East, the London native first met Liam Howlett, the songwriting brain of the group, in the summer of 1989, when Flint requested a mixtape from Howlett after seeing him perform. After hearing the self-produced tracks on it, Flint, Howlett and Leeroy Thornhill began to lay the formative groundwork for what the group would become; a rave-first group that performed with volatile, rock-like energy.
It wasn’t until 1996, however, that Flint began to play a starring role on the band’s recordings, including the No. 1 hits “Firestarter” and “Breathe.” He didn’t perform any vocals on The Prodigy’s follow-up to The Fat Of The Land, or 2004’s Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned. [NPR News]
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