Group says Newtown dad’s death is devastating

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – A foundation formed by the father of one of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims says the man’s death is devastating and speaks to the importance of mental health treatment.

Police in Newtown, Connecticut, say 49-year-old Jeremy Richman was found dead of an apparent suicide Monday morning.

He and his wife named The Avielle Foundation after their daughter, who was one of 26 killed in the 2012 shooting. The foundation, whose directors include health professionals, is dedicated to preventing violence by seeking a better understanding of brain health.

The foundation said in a statement Monday that Richman’s death shows how important it is for people to seek help for themselves, their loved ones and others in need.

Richman’s death comes as officials in Parkland, Florida, are publicizing counseling services after two survivors of a high school massacre there killed themselves.

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