Father of Sandy Hook victim found dead inside former Newtown Town Hall

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The Newtown Police Department has confirmed the death of Dr. Jeremy Richman, father of Sandy Hook tragedy victim, Avielle Richman.

Richman, 49, was found dead at approximately 7 a.m. after the report of a suicide at Edmond Town Hall located at 45 Main Street in Newtown, Connecticut. 

According to Newtown Police: The death appears to be a suicide but police will not disclose the method or any other details of  the death, only to state the death does not appear suspicious. 

Jeremy Richman founded The Avielle Foundation less than a week after the Sandy Hook Tragedy happened. News 8 spoke with Jeremy Richman in December 2017.

The Avielle Foundation issued the following statement: 

Our hearts are shattered, and our heads are struggling to comprehend. Jeremy was a champion father, husband, neuroscientist and, for the past seven years, a crusader on a mission to help uncover the neurological underpinnings of violence through the Avielle Foundation, which he and his wife, Jennifer Hensel, founded after the death of their daughter, Avielle, at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Jeremy was deeply devoted to supporting research into brain abnormalities that are linked to abnormal behavior and to promoting brain health. Tragically, his death speaks to how insidious and formidable a challenge brain health can be and how critical it is for all of us to seek help for ourselves, our loved ones and anyone who we suspect may be in need.

Jeremy’s mission will be carried on by the many who love him, including many who share the heartache and trauma that he has suffered since December 14, 2012. We are crushed to pieces, but this important work will continue, because, as Jeremy would say, we have to.

As we did six years ago and now must do again today, we ask both the media and the public to give the family the privacy anyone would deserve to begin to process this tragic development.

This story is under investigation and News 8 will provide updates as they develop.

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