A Kansas City Chiefs player kills his girlfriend in a murder-suicide, fans mourn his loss.
‘Jovan Belcher, shot his girlfriend to death on Saturday morning at their home in Kansas City and then drove to the team’s practice facility a few miles away. He then shot himself to death in the parking lot while head coach Romeo Crennel and General Manager Scott Pioli watched,” reports say.
Many convey sadness as they deal with the shock of this tragedy.
One fan reflects of how the deceased player was looked upon as a role model in the community, sources say.
Also as tragic is the reality that suicide has claimed the lives of old and young more than one might care to admit.
According to research analysis provided by Suicide in the U.S.: Statistics and Prevention those who are most at risk factors include the following:
- depression and other mental disorders, or a substance-abuse disorder (often in combination with other mental disorders). More than 90 percent of people who die by suicide have these risk factors
- prior suicide attempt
- family history of mental disorder or substance abuse
- family history of suicide
- family violence, including physical or sexual abuse
- firearms in the home, the method used in more than half of suicides
- exposure to the suicidal behavior of others, such as family members, peers, or media figures.
Suicide is common among children and young people?
In 2007, suicide was the third leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24.1 Of every 100,000 young people in each age group, the following number died by suicide:
Adolescents ages 15 to 19 — 6.9 per 100,000
Young adults ages 20 to 24 — 12.7 per 100,000
As in the general population, young people were much more likely to use firearms, suffocation, and poisoning than other methods of suicide, overall. However, while adolescents and young adults were more likely to use firearms than suffocation, children were dramatically more likely to use suffocation.
There were also gender differences in suicide among young people, as follows:
Nearly five times as many males as females ages 15 to 19 died by suicide.
Just under six times as many males as females ages 20 to 24 died by suicide.
If you or someone you know suffer from any of these symptoms or issues, please know help is available.
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