A Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student who survived last year’s mass shooting has died by apparent suicide, marking the second such report this month.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, 19-year-old Sydney Aiello reportedly committed suicide last week. She had reportedly been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after escaping the deadly massacre at the Parkland, Florida, school shooting in February 2018.
Aiello’s funeral was held on Friday, one day before a male sophomore at Marjory Stoneman reportedly killed himself. Authorities in Coral Springs confirmed the death in a statement to the Miami Herald.
Additional details about the incident were not available as of the latest updates on Sunday afternoon.
According to WGN, Aiello graduated from high school after the shooting that left 17 victims dead. She was attending Florida Atlantic University when she committed suicide earlier this month. The former Marjory Stoneman cheerleader was not on the university campus when she died, her mother said.
After escaping the carnage Nikolas Cruz has reportedly confessed to causing at his former high school, Aiello reportedly struggled with survivor’s guilt.
Those who knew her before the shooting, including former teachers, described her as a friendly presence at Marjory Stoneman.
“She was always eager to say hello to everyone in the hallway,” recalled a history teacher.
Meadow Pollack, one of the 14 students killed in the massacre, was close to Aiello, according to relatives who described her as “someone dear to Meadow.”
If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts or actions, please seek help. Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline anytime to speak to someone directly by calling 1-800-273-8255.
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