The father of one of the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting has died from an apparent suicide.
Jeremy Richman, 49, was found dead Monday morning, according to police in Newtown, Connecticut. His body was found at Edmond Town Hall in Newtown, where he had an office, authorities said.
Richman’s 6-year-old daughter, Avielle Richman, was among the 26 children and teachers killed in the Dec. 14, 2012, mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Police said his death is an apparent suicide but did not provide any additional details. An autopsy is expected to be performed Monday, police said.
Reacting to the news, Senator Chris Murphy tweeted: “My god. This is awful, horrible, devastating news. Jeremy was a good friend and an unceasing advocate for better research into the brain’s violence triggers. He was with me in my office two weeks ago, excited as could be about the Avielle Foundation’s latest amazing work.”
After his daughter’s murder, Richman founded The Avielle Foundation, a nonprofit working to prevent violence and build “compassion through brain research, community engagement, and education.”