One of the young women who came out of the Parkland, Florida, massacre, in which 17 people died on February 14, 2018, committed suicide this week after feeling guilty for having been saved, according to local press.
The young Sydney Aiello, 19, attended classes at Marjory Stoneman Douglas School on February 14 last year, when Nikolas Cruz, an ex-student armed with a semiautomatic rifle AR15, opened fire on students and officials. Despite having left the shooting alive, two of her friends died. A year later, the young woman decided to take her own life.
Aiello’s parents told local media that after the massacre his daughter did not fully recover and that she had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress syndrome. Sydney graduated high school in July of last year and participated in yoga courses aimed at trauma healing, but according to her family, this was not enough.
In fact, a week after Aiello graduated from Parkland High School last June, the teenager shared a suicide awareness publication to encourage others to see those friends who “appear to be the strongest”, citing the suicides of Robin Williams, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain.
“The beautiful Sydney with such a bright future was snatched from us too soon,” wrote Hunter Pollack, the brother of Meadow Pollack, one of Aiello’s best friends who died in the massacre. “It was completely devastating to bury another beautiful young woman in Parkland today. Our community is going through a tragedy again, “he said on his Twitter.
The Broward County medical examiner’s office told NBC that Aiello died of a gunshot wound to the head. The father of one of Sydney’s deceased friends, Meadow Pollack, told the Miami Herald newspaper that her heart was “with the poor, poor parents” of the 19-year-old. “It was terrible that happened, Meadow and Sydney were friends for a long time,” said Pollack.
On Wednesday, a page of GoFundMe was opened, which has so far raised more than $ 45,000 to cover funeral expenses and provide support for the girl’s family.
Her Facebook page, which has become a memorial, shows pictures of her on the beach and with friends. Photographs of the “March for our Lives,” a demonstration led by the survivors of the Parkland massacre in March 2018, can also be seen.