Parkland school shooting survivor takes her own life

A student who survived the Parkland shooting has taken her own life.

Sydney Aiello, 19, a recent graduate from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, committed suicide over the weekend, according to her mother Cara Aiello.

Cara Aiello told CBS Miami that her daughter had struggled with ‘survivor’s guilt and was recently diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.’

Sydney Aiello, pictured above, was a recent MSD graduate who was close friends with Meadow Pollack, one of the victims of the Parkland shooting

Sydney Aiello, pictured above, was a recent MSD graduate who was close friends with Meadow Pollack, one of the victims of the Parkland shooting

Sydney Aiello, pictured above, was a recent MSD graduate who was close friends with Meadow Pollack, one of the victims of the Parkland shooting 

Sydney (right) was close friends with Meadow Pollack (pictured left), one of the victims of the Parkland shooting

Sydney (right) was close friends with Meadow Pollack (pictured left), one of the victims of the Parkland shooting

Sydney (right) was close friends with Meadow Pollack (pictured left), one of the victims of the Parkland shooting

Cara Aiello said Sydney (pictured above) was on campus the day of the shooting but not in the Freshman Building

Cara Aiello said Sydney (pictured above) was on campus the day of the shooting but not in the Freshman Building

Cara Aiello said Sydney (pictured above) was on campus the day of the shooting but not in the Freshman Building

Sydney was close friends with Meadow Pollack, one of the 17 students and staff killed when a gunman opened fire at the school on February 14, 2018.

Cara Aiello said her daughter was on campus the day of the shooting but not in the Freshman Building.

She added that Sydney struggled to attend college classes because she was afraid of being in a classroom and was often sad but hadn’t asked for help before she killed herself. 

She took her own life on March 17. Her funeral took place Friday.

Aiello took her own life at the weekend, according to her mother, who said her daughter had struggled with 'survivor's guilt' following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Aiello took her own life at the weekend, according to her mother, who said her daughter had struggled with 'survivor's guilt' following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Aiello took her own life at the weekend, according to her mother, who said her daughter had struggled with ‘survivor’s guilt’ following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School 

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Suspect Nikolas Cruz appeared in court Friday suspected of killing 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Suspect Nikolas Cruz appeared in court Friday suspected of killing 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Suspect Nikolas Cruz appeared in court Friday suspected of killing 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Sydney Aiello loved yoga. According to her mother, she wanted to dedicate her life towards helping others.   

Nikolas Cruz, suspected of killing 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, appeared in court, Friday.   

Cruz’s trial is scheduled for early next year, no specific date has been set, as yet.

Cruz’s attorneys have said he will plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence.

A GoFundMe page has been set up in Sydney's memory. 'Sydney spent 19 years writing her story as a beloved daughter, sister and friend to many,' it reads

A GoFundMe page has been set up in Sydney's memory. 'Sydney spent 19 years writing her story as a beloved daughter, sister and friend to many,' it reads

A GoFundMe page has been set up in Sydney’s memory. ‘Sydney spent 19 years writing her story as a beloved daughter, sister and friend to many,’ it reads

The prosecution is seeking the death penalty.

A GoFundMe page has been created ‘In Loving Memory of Sydney Aiello.’ 

‘Sydney spent 19 years writing her story as a beloved daughter, sister and friend to many,’ it reads. 

Sydney is survived by her parents Cara and Joe, and her brother Nick. 

Meadow Pollack’s father, Andrew Pollack, told the Miami Herald that his heart goes out to Sydney Aiello’s parents.  

‘It’s terrible what happened. Meadow and Sydney were friends for a long, long time,’ Pollack said. ‘Killing yourself is not the answer,’ he added.

If you or someone you know is struggling you can call the National Suicide Prevention Line on 1-800-273-8255. 

  

  

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