The father of a shooting victim of the Sandy Hook School was found dead Monday morning in Newtown, Connecticut, local police said.
Jeremy Richman, 49, was found dead in Edmond Town Hall. a movie theater and event space in Newtown, around 7am, Lt. Aaron Bahamonde of the Newtown Police Department.
Mr. Richman was the father of Avielle Richman, one of 20 children killed in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Some of the police officers who reported to the scene on Monday also responded to the shooting, said Lieutenant Bahamonde.
"This is devastating for our community," said Lieutenant Bahamonde. "I can not stress that enough."
Police were called into the building Monday morning by contractors working there, Lieutenant Bahamonde said. When they arrived, the police also found a message from Mr. Richman. Lieutenant Bahamonde did not disclose what the note said.
The state police and investigation bureau investigated the death, said Lieutenant Bahamonde.
Mr. Richman, a neuropharmacologist, received his PhD in 1992 from the University of Arizona. He also had a position as a lecturer in psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. In 2016, Yale's Department of Psychiatry honored Richman and Hensel with the Research Advocacy Award.
Mr. Richman and Ms. Hensel were among the families of Sandy Hook, who had filed a lawsuit against conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, host of Infowars, a radio program, and a website. Mr. Jones has said that shooting Sandy Hook was a scam.
The lawsuit, in which Richman and Ms. Hensel were involved, alleges that Mr. Jones has launched a campaign of "abusive and vile false statements in which Jones and the other defendants allege that the Sandy Hook massacre occurred in Scene was set and the 26 families who lost loved ones are paid actors who have forged the deaths of their loved ones, have evolved and perpetuated. "
On Twitter Senator Christopher S. Murphy, Connecticut The Democrat who declared himself called the death of Mr. Richman "devastating."
"Jeremy was a good friend and a perpetual advocate for a better exploration of the brain's violence triggers" Mr. Murphy wrote. "He came to my office with me two weeks ago and was upset as if it were the latest amazing work by the Avielle Foundation
The news of Richman's death came shortly after two students who had survived last year's shooting in Parkland, Florida also died of apparent suicides.
In response to Richman's death, the city of Newtown, the police department, and the school system were planning to involve psychiatric professionals to help the congregation in mourning, Lieutenant Bahamonde said. 19659002] In addition to his wife, Richman is survived by two children, Imogen and Owen.
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