Calvin Desir Is the Second Parkland Shooting Survivor to Die By Suicide in a Week

Calvin Desir
Photo: Brittany Wright (via GoFundMe)

A second survivor of the February 2018 Parkland mass shooting has committed suicide this week.

Police confirmed that 16-year-old Calvin Desir took his own life late Saturday evening, the Miami Herald reports. Desir was the second survivor of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to die by suicide in a week. 19-year-old Sydney Aiello, who recently graduated from the school, took her own life a week ago.

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Desir’s sister, Brittany Wright, has set up a GoFundMe campaign titled “Calvin Lives” to help raise money for funeral expenses to bury her brother.

“Calvin was so loving and well loved by all his peers and family,” Wright wrote on the campaign page. “He enjoyed riding his bike with his friends, shopping, cooking and trying new recipes with his mom, performing yard work and various chores with his dad and spending quality time with our baby sister and I.”

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“I can tell you firsthand that he was one of a kind, very soft spoken, and never once hurt a fly. If you ever asked him to do the simplest task, he was right on it. His selflessness and quick action to help others is something that we all deeply admired. Calvin Desir was truly special to us all and will forever live on in our hearts. We love you Calvin!”

According to the Herald, the City of Coral Springs has planned a Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Town Hall Meeting at the city hall on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

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If you or someone you love is in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.

Editor’s Note: The headline of this post was updated to reflect proper language use when references the death of a person who has died by suicide. We have also included links and phone numbers to resources for those in crisis.

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