Second Parkland shooting survivor to die by suicide identified

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student who took their own life this weekend appears to have been identified as 16-year-old Calvin Desir.

While authorities have not identified the student who died by apparent suicide over the weekend, the New York Post reports that Desir’s family identified him in a GoFundMe page to raise support for his funeral costs and grieving relatives.

Desir’s sister, Brittany Wright, reportedly posted a statement about her brother on the GoFundMe campaign page.

“My family is grieving over the loss of a wonderful and amazing son, brother, nephew, and friend. We are raising money to support all funeral cost for my brother. He was a fellow student at Stoneman Douglas with strong aspirations of one day becoming an engineer, which inspired him to always find new projects around the house to challenge his skills,” Wright wrote.

“I can tell you firsthand that he was one of a kind, very soft-spoken, and never once hurt a fly. If you ever asked him to do the simplest task, he was right on it. His selflessness and quick action to help others is something that we all deeply admired.”

Desir is believed to have died Saturday, and Sydney Aiello, a 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas graduate, took her own life the week before. Desir’s specific cause of death is not known, but Aiello, who lost a close friend in the February 2018 mass shooting, reportedly died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Her mother said in a media interview that Sydney had been struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and survivor’s guilt.

Earlier this week, Jeremy Richman, who daughter Avielle was a first-grader killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, was found dead of an apparent suicide in the office of the nonprofit foundation he launched with his wife in their daughter’s name. It is not known specifically how Richman died.


[Feature image: AP Photo/Gerald Herbert]