Calvin Desir Identified As Second Parkland Survivor To Die By Suicide
The 16-year-old had hoped to become an engineer.
A second survivor of the February 2018 Parkland mass shooting has died by suicide.
In a report from the Miami Herald, police confirmed Calvin Desir died by suicide late Saturday. The 16-year-old sophomore was a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. Brittany Wright, Desir’s older sister, created a GoFundMe page to raise money for his funeral costs.
In the GoFundMe page’s description, Wright said that Desir wanted to become an engineer, “which inspired him to always find new projects around the house to challenge his skills.”
Desir is the second Parkland shooting survivor to die by suicide. As the Miami Herald noted, Sydney Aiello, a 19-year-old who recently graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killed herself a week before.
However, it’s unknown if Desir, like Aiello, suffered from survivor’s guilt following the 2018 mass shooting.
Following Desir’s death, the Coral Springs Police Department issued the following statement on Facebook.
“The City of Coral Springs recognizes the anxiety and suffering continues for students, teachers and families who have experienced such violence and devastating loss,” the post read. “In the span of one week we lost two teens from MSD to an apparent suicide.”
“We simply cannot let the events of that day take the lives of any more of our children. As a City we are committed to shining a light on those who suffer in the darkness,” the post continued. “The mental health of our children and all those who have been affected by the MSD tragedy must be made a priority.”