September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.  Read and share stories to honor survivors whose loved ones died by gun suicide.

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John Thomas Pettigrew

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My niece, who went by the name of Dabi (June 2, 1971 to December 25, 2012), had a string of bad husbands. Her last one told her that he expected her to support him. She left with her two children and stayed in hiding at her friend’s. He figured that Dabi would visit her mother on Christmas Eve. She did, and he followed her back to Dabi’s friend’s residence.

She arrived and stepped out of her car. He quickly shot her in front of her two children and left. She was declared dead Christmas morning. The incident was on the front page of the second section of the Toledo Blade. He turned himself in, pleaded not guilty, was found guilty, and sentenced to 30 years. I think he should have received life imprisonment because it was premeditated. Dabi’s mother, my younger sister, will be reminded of this every Christmas.

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