The tragedy that happened at the 2018 Parkland High School in Florida continues to have horrific ripples in the lives of those who witnessed the massacre. There was a suicide death over the weekend of a teen who survived the school shooting that is being blamed on the terrible tragedy.
Sydney Aiello, 19, of Coconut Creek, died Sunday, according to police. Her mother, overwhelmed with grief, told a news station that Sydney took her own life. Sydney and Meadow Pollack, one of the 17 persons killed in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, were close friends.
“It breaks my heart that we’ve lost yet another student from Stoneman Douglas,” Ryan Petty told CBS 4 Miami. Alaina Perry, his daughter, was also one of the victims.
“My advice to parents is to ask questions, don’t wait,” he said.
Sydney is said to have suffered from “survivor’s guilt” and had been diagnosed recently with post-traumatic stress disorder, Cara Aiello told the station.
She said her daughter was taking college classes but struggled because she was scared to be in a classroom. She graduated Stoneman Douglas in June after the shooting.
Aiello said her daughter was sad but never asked for help before killing herself, according to the station.
The grieving mother said she was talking about the suicide in hopes that others can learn from what happened to her daughter.
“Beautiful Sydney with such a bright future was taken from us way too soon,” Meadow Pollack’s brother, Hunter Pollack, said Wednesday on Twitter. “My friend’s sister and someone dear to Meadow.”
A friend of SydneyAiello’s has started a GoFundMepage to raise money for the Aiello family.
“Sydney spent 19 years writing her story as a beloved daughter, sister and friend to many,” the GoFundMe page reads. “She lit up every room she entered. She filled her days cheerleading, doing yoga, and brightening up the days of others. Sydney aspired to work in the medical field helping others in need. On March 17th, 2019 Sydney became the guardian angel to many. It was a privilege to have you in our lives. Sydney, we will miss you and always love you. May you find peace in His arms.”