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Newtowners turning to each other to grieve Sandy Hook father’s death

March 26, 2019 GMT

NEWTOWN - As shock rippled through town over Monday’s suicide of a Sandy Hook man who lost his daughter in the elementary school shooting, families were turning to each other to grieve their common loss.

“That is something good that comes out of such a horrible tragedy - that people are looking out for one another,” said Dan Rosenthal, Newtown’s top elected leader, who has mental health experts on call to supplement the town’s in-house grief counseling network.

Concern over this town’s well being follows Monday’s news that 49-year-old Jeremy Richman took his life at the old Edmond Town Hall.

Richman’s death made national headlines in part because he was a leading figure in town who was making good out of the grief of losing his daughter, Avielle, in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre. Richman ran the Avielle Foundation, a home-grown nonprofit that supports research into the roots of violence in the brain.

Richman’s death also drew national attention because it came just days after the suicides of two teenagers who attended the Florida high school where 17 students and staff were murdered in 2018.

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