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16-Year-Old Sophomore Who Is Second Parkland Shooting Survivor To Die By Suicide In One Week

Calvin Desi was named as the second Parkland shooting survivor to die by apparent suicide within one week. He died on the night of Saturday, March 23. Sydney Aiello, 19, took her own life a week before.

Desir was a 16-year-old sophomore at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. He wanted to be an engineer. Desi died a day after the funeral of Aiello.

Both students died from by gunshot to the head, reports Daily Mail. They are now being included among the victims of the Parkland shooting, in which a gunman killed seventeen students and staff members and injured seventeen others on February 14, 2018. Nikolas Cruz, 19, who was expelled from the school at the time, was identified by witnesses as the suspect.

A GoFundMe has been Established to Support Funeral Costs.

Brittany Wright, the older sister of Calvin Desir, writes on the GoFundMe page:

“My family is grieving over the loss of a wonderful and amazing son, brother, nephew, and friend … As his older sister, I had the pleasure of watching Calvin grow from a child to a respectable young man. He was a fellow student at Stoneman Douglas with strong aspirations of one day becoming an engineer, which inspired him to always find new projects around the house to challenge his skills. … 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 … 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.”

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