January 15, 2015 |
On the night before he died, 15-year-old Adnan "Ado" Halkic was texting with his dad, excited about the next day's Rose Bowl game between Florida State and Oregon. "He loved the Oregon Ducks," Adam Halkic recalled this week. "He said, 'Dad, let's get some wings. We'll watch it together.' " It was New Year's Eve. His parents and 19-year-old sister were driving to a party in Pennsylvania, but Ado declined, saying he would watch the ball drop at home on TV. He finished his text with "Happy New Year" and "I love you, too, Dad. " When the family returned to its Burlington Township home about 11:30 p.m., he joked with his father that "tomorrow is the Ducks' day," and headed to his room.
January 8, 2015 |
In the wake of two student suicides in four days, the Burlington Township School District brought counselors into the high school Tuesday to assist students with their grieving and guard against further loss. School administrators gathered all staff and high school students Tuesday "to talk . . . and come together," according to Liz Scott, the district's spokeswoman. "Counseling was offered throughout the day in safe zones" around the building, she said. Children in lower grades who sought assistance also received counseling.
January 6, 2015 |
THE FINAL MOMENTS of Marques Johnson's life felt like an unexpected plot twist to his family - a sad and confusing ending to an otherwise normal story of a young, hardworking dad they say had never been in trouble before. So the family all sat together in the living room of their home in Pennsauken, N.J., rewinding his life, trying to figure out what they missed or what they could have done to prevent him from shooting his ex-girlfriend and her father with a shotgun Saturday morning before using the gun to take his own life outside Cooper University Hospital.
December 31, 2014 |
About a year ago, Philadelphia Police Chaplain Luis Centeno was approached by Stephen McWilliams, who teaches a social documentary film class at Villanova University. McWilliams was initially interested in profiling the chaplain, but as they talked, both began to see a more meaningful project - about a dark secret, one few law enforcement officers are willing to openly talk about. Suicide. The collaboration led to this to the release this fall of BLUE , a 40-minute documentary chronicling the occupational hazards of the job, and a related app to help officers identify and address the signs.
November 28, 2014 |
Alexander Harriman, 11, who since Sunday had been the sole survivor of an attempted murder-suicide that took the lives of his two siblings and mother, died Wednesday afternoon at Cooper University Hospital, authorities said. He and his sister, Nadia, 8, and brother, Nicholas, 14, were shot by their mother Thursday in her bedroom in Tabernacle Township, Burlington County, police said. Jeaninne LePage, 44, then shot herself in the head with a revolver. LePage died Sunday at Cooper.
November 26, 2014
ISSUE | PRIORITIES Party, not study? Isn't it ironic that city politicos are assuring one and all that, if the Democratic Party honors Philadelphia with its 2016 convention, they will have no problem raising millions to fund the event ("Asking donors to back '16 bid," Nov. 17)? At the same time, no one seems able to fund the education of the future participants in the electoral process. It seems to me that our priorities are just a little askew. |Lynne M. Roberts, Philadelphia Easy money The world is going to hell, and yet Philadelphia and other cities and states are fighting to have more casinos built.
November 23, 2014 |
Why young people take their lives remains a mystery. Even known risk factors - such as a history of suicide attempts, a family history of suicide or mental illness, substance abuse, recent stress, and easy access to lethal methods - can't always explain such a tragedy. Nor does having risk factors mean someone will commit suicide. But one thing is clear: Prevention methods, including greater awareness by teachers, parents, and friends, can help reduce suicidal behaviors. The Pennsylvania Child Death Review team investigates the circumstances around a child's death and what factors might have prevented it. Of the deaths reviewed in 2011, local teams found 86 percent of suicide deaths were preventable, says Erich Batra, co-chair of the Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative and medical director of the review team.
November 15, 2014 |
TRENTON - The New Jersey Assembly narrowly passed a bill Thursday that would allow terminally ill patients to end their lives by obtaining and self-administering lethal doses of medication prescribed by a doctor. The 41-31 vote - the minimum required to achieve a majority - came amid a national debate over physician-assisted suicide, also referred to as aid in dying. A similar version of the bill has not advanced in the Senate, and Gov. Christie has said he opposes it. Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old California woman diagnosed with a terminal brain cancer, recently moved with her husband to Oregon to take advantage of that state's "death with dignity" law, bringing new attention to the issue.
November 10, 2014 |
DELVIN BARNES' conscience is apparently bearing down on him. The 37-year-old, who authorities say confessed to kidnapping Carlesha Freeland-Gaither from a corner in Germantown, has been placed on suicide watch in the rural Virginia prison where he's being held, officials said yesterday. Barnes - who was charged Thursday by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Freeland-Gaither's kidnapping - was extradited to the Riverside Regional Jail in North Prince George, Va. early yesterday, said Lt. Laura Gray, a spokeswoman for the prison.