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Man Commits Suicide in Downtown Danville Parking Lot

Man hung himself in Rose Avenue parking lot, police said.

A man in his early 20s killed himself Friday afternoon in a public parking lot on Rose Avenue in Danville, according to Danville Police Chief Steve Simpkins.

Danville police received a call at 1:30 p.m. Friday from a citizen who drove into the parking lot at the end of Rose Avenue and saw what looked like a man leaning against a fence in a strange way.

When officers arrived, it was not immediately clear from a distance that the man was dead, and his feet were on the ground. But when officers got closer, they discovered his circulation had been cut off at his neck and he had died.

Notes have been left in the parking lot where the man was found, with one saying, "You will always have a place in our hearts. See you at the pearly gates homie."

Because , they're not something Patch routinely reports on, except when they occur in public places.

Patch has talked with family members of the deceased, but will not post his name to respect their privacy.

His mother told Patch, "Suicide did not kill my son. His illness did."

Suicide hotlines can be reached at 1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-273-TALK.

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RedsMom August 04, 2012 at 11:16 PM
@Rick M, your opinion is duly noted. Not appropriate here, but noted. ou speak People who die of suicide die from an ILLNESS. They are seeking an end to their very real pain, not an end to their lives. Please educate yourself about suicide before you speak. theOvernight.org is a good place to start.
Greg August 05, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Rick has it dead on...(no pun intended) Take the religion out of the equation and watch how things get better. Pearly white gates and afterlife. Who are they kidding!!!!!! Sorry for the young kid. BTW,where was his parents?
Janice P Ellis August 05, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Just curious, Rick M, did you wish to offer any EMPATHY for the friends and family of this young man, or did you post just to dis my belief system? That says a lot more about you than it does about me. And, Greg, your comment about "...where were his parents...?" was pretty inappropriate. Unless you know the parents of this young man personally, you have no idea WHAT kind of relationship they had. To imply that his parents are somehow to blame for his suicide is pretty heartless, especially as they're grieving the loss of their son.
ron August 06, 2012 at 05:01 PM
I am interested to hear more about his specific illness. I too was driven to become suicidal at one point. It becomes a very rational decision when you are there. Religion was not even considered as part of the equation. O guess his pain is over, but it is tragic.
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