Jennifer Hensel, the wife of Jeremy Richmann, the Sandy Hook father who died by suicide this week, has spoken out for the first time, saying her husband “succumbed to the grief” from the death of their daughter, Avielle. Richmann, 49, took his life at the Edmond Town Hall in Newtown on Monday. He was the third person linked to a school mass shooting to die by suicide in the last two weeks; two Parkland shooting survivors took their lives. Writing on the website for the foundation Hensel and Richmann started after their 6-year-old daughter was killed, Hensel said, “The work of the Avielle Foundation is meaningful. But my champion and the love of my life is the person who had every tool in the toolbox at his disposal. He succumbed to the grief that he could not escape. Now we also honor Jeremy through the continued work of our foundation.”
If you or a loved one are struggling with suicidal thoughts, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.