A little a year after the Parkland School shooting happened on February 14, 2018, one of the survivors has passed away.
Sydney Aiello, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, escaped with her life on that tragic day in 2018. Sadly, her life did not go back to normal after the massacre.
Over the weekend, the 19-year-old took her own life. The grief of losing 17 of her classmates and teachers proved to be too much for her, reported CBS.
Sydney's mother, Cara Aiello, told CBS Miami that her daughter struggled with survivor's guilt. Since the shooting, Aiello was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Her mother also said that her daughter never asked for help, but she struggled to attend her college classes because she was scared of being in a classroom.
Sydney was a close friend of one of the girls, Meadow Pollack, who was killed in the shooting. Pollack's father, Andrew, shared a photo of the girls together. Pollack became one of the voices of the shooting in the days and weeks after.
While Pollack focused on gun control, Ryan Petty, whose daughter Alaina died in the shooting, told CBS Miami he worries that more traumatized Parkland teens will take their own lives. He has focused his pain and loss into working on suicide prevention.
"It breaks my heart that we've lost yet another student from Stoneman Douglas," Petty said. "My advice to parents is to ask questions, don't wait."
There is now a GoFundMe page to help Sydney Aiello's parents and brother pay for her memorial services.
"Sydney spent 19 years writing her story as a beloved daughter, sister and friend to many," the page reads. "She lit up every room she entered. She filled her days cheerleading, doing yoga, and brightening up the days of others. Sydney aspired to work in the medical field helping others in need. On March 17th, 2019 Sydney became the guardian angel to many. It was a privilege to have you in our lives. Sydney, we will miss you and always love you. May you find peace in His arms."
Please pray for all those who are mourning the loss of Sydney. Please also pray for all those who are still dealing with the trauma of the Parkland shooting.