The father of a Sandy Hook school shooting park was found dead in an apparent suicide in Newtown, Conn., Monday morning, the local police said.
Jeremy Richman, 49, was found dead in Edmond Town Hall, a movie theater and event venue in Newtown, around 7am, according to Lt. Aaron Bahamonde of the Newtown Police Department.
Mr. Richman was the father of Avielle Richman, one of the 20 children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. Some of the police officers reporting to his death on Monday responded to this shooting, Lieutenant Bahamonde said.
"This is devastating to our society," Lieutenant Bahamonde said. "I can't stress it enough."
The police were called to the building on Monday morning by contractors working there, Lieutenant Bahamonde said. When they arrived, the police also found a note back by Mr. Richman. Lieutenant Bahamonde did not reveal what the note said.
Police and the state medical examination center investigated death, Lieutenant Bahamonde said.
Mr. Richman, a neuropharmacologist, took a doctorate from the University of Arizona in 1992. He also had a faculty teacher in psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. In 2016, Yale's Psychiatric Institute honored Mr. Richman and Ms. Hensel with his Research Advocacy Award.
Mr. Richman and Mrs. Hensel were among the Sandy Hook families who had filed lawsuits against the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, host of the infowars, a radio program, and a website. Mr. Jones has maintained that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax.
The trial involved Mr. Richman and Mrs. Hensel claim that Mr. Jones launched a campaign of "violent and outrageous false statements in which Jones and the other defendants developed, reinforced and sustained allegations that the massacre Sandy Hook was staged and that the 26 families who lost their loved ones that day were paid to actors, who falsified the death of their relatives. "
On Twitter, Sen. Christopher S. Murphy, Connecticut Democrat who has emerged as a strong voice against gun violence, called Mr. Richman's death "destructive."
"Jeremy was a good friend and an incessant advocate for better research into the brain's rape" Mr. Murphy wrote. "He was with me in my office two weeks ago, excited to be about the latest amazing work of Avielle Foundation."
News of Mr. Richman's death came shortly after two students who survived last year's school shooter in Parkland, Fla … also died in apparent suicide.
In response to Mr. Richman's death was the city of Newtown, the police ministry and the school system planned to bring psychiatric professionals to help society, Lt. Bahamonde said. 19659002] In addition to his wife, Mr. Richman of two children, Imogen and Owen. .