October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Read and share stories to honor survivors whose lives have been changed by domestic violence.

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Dr. Colleen Sullivan

In memory of my brother

I had a beautiful, loving younger brother. Everywhere he went, he brought a bright light with him.

One evening, he was very depressed and alone when his girlfriend left him. Though he was very depressed and upset, she didn’t contact any of us in the family.

When she left him to go to a bar, she left him with a loaded gun. He shot himself but didn’t die immediately. He suffered through the night.

I’ll never recover and miss him every day. He took his own life but would not have done so without a gun. I know that for sure.

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