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On September 19, 2012, 14 year old Colombian girl named Brigit Lorena
Gonzalez committed suicide by shooting herself with a .38 caliber gun
in front of her classmates from the Institución Educativa Técnica
Francisco Núñez Pedroso in Mariquita, in the department of Tolima,
Colombia. To draw attention to her suicide, Brigit Lorena Gonzalez first
fired two shots into the air and then waited for people to gather
round. Then when authorities showed up, Brigit Lorena Gonzalez shot
herself in the stomach.
Her startled classmates and teachers who responded to the sound of
gunfire tried to argue her out of killing herself – as can be heard from
the video, but the girl was determined to go through with it. The
police and ambulance were already at the scene when the girl fired at
herself and promptly took her body to the hospital, but there was
nothing they could do to save her.
Colombian daily El Pais reported that one classmate tried to approach
the girl as she stood in the courtyard but she pointed the gun at his
head so the boy backed away. It was also reported that Brigit Lorena
Gonzalez left a suicide note at home, but the content is subject to
investigation by the authorities and has not been released.
According to Colombian Institute of Forensic Medicine, in 2011 there
were 1889 suicides on record, 301 or 16% of them were committed by
people between the ages of 5 and 19.
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