The father of one of the 20 kids massacred in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012 in Newtown, Conn., was found dead Monday in an apparent suicide, cops said.
Jeremy Richman, the 49-year-old dad of little Avielle Richman, was found dead outside Edmond Town Hall — a white clapboard structure that sits directly in the center of the picturesque New England town — about 7 a.m. Monday, police said.
“The death appears to be a suicide, but police will not disclose the method or any other details of the death, only to state the death does not to appear to be suspicious,” Newtown police said on the department’s Facebook page.
“This is a heartbreaking event for the Richman family and the Newtown Community as a whole, the police department’s prayers are with the Richman family right now, and we ask that the family be given privacy in this most difficult time,” Lt. Aaron Bahamonde said in the statement.
The apparent suicide came days after two Parkland, Fla., school shooting survivors killed themselves, and suicide prevention experts were urging troubled people to seek help.
Richman had an office in the Edmond Town Hall — a former municipal building that now houses a movie theater and event space — as founder of the Avielle Foundation, a nonprofit whose goal was to reduce violence.
The office of the chief medical examiner is investigating the exact cause of death, police said.
Richman and his wife were among the families who sued Infowars doofus Alex Jones, who repeatedly alleged on his conspiracy-fixated radio and online show that the massacre, which also claimed the lives of six school staffers, was a hoax cooked up by the government.