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A Black man's hanging death in Southern California has officially been ruled a suicide based on an autopsy and a purchase from a local Dollar Tree store.

Robert Fuller, 24, was found hanging from a tree in front of Palmdale City Hall in Poncitlán Square on June 10.

Authorities launched a monthlong investigation after Fuller's family rejected the official cause of death.

"The explanation of suicide does not seem plausible," his family said in a statement. "There are many ways to die, but considering the current racial tension, a Black man hanging himself from a tree definitely doesn't sit well with us right now. We want justice, not comfortable excuses."

Authorities focused their investigation on the red rope and fabric found in the tree. Police said there was a May 14 purchase on Fuller's EBT card that was consistent with the red rope used in the hanging.

Sheriff's Commander Chris Marks said Fuller had a history of depression and was hospitalized three times since 2017, according to the NY Times.

Fuller told doctors he had suicidal ideations and had previously put a gun to his head. His last hospital admission was in November. He told doctors at a hospital in Nevada that he "did have a plan to kill himself," Marks said.

Jason R. Hicks, a lawyer representing Fuller's family, said he planned to respond to the sheriff's department's finding. The family does not have any comments at this time.
 

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A teenager was found hanged in an elementary school parking lot around 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16. Police say the boy was not a victim of foul play.

The Harris County Sheriff's Department in Texas confirmed a 17-year-old boy was found dead, hanging from a tree in the parking lot at Ehrhardt Elementary School.

Schools are closed for the year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Police say the deceased teen had a "history of suicide attempts" with one of the attempts occurring "as recently as a few weeks ago."

Suicides among children and teenagers have been on the rise in recent years.

The boy's death brings the total to 6 Black people who were recently found hanging from trees in the United States.

Robert Fuller, 24, and Malcolm Harsch, 38, were found hanging from trees in California. Officials ruled both deaths as suicides.

But Fuller's death is now being investigated after his family rejected the official cause of death.

"The explanation of suicide does not seem plausible," his family said in a statement. "There are many ways to die, but considering the current racial tension, a Black man hanging himself from a tree definitely doesn’t sit well with us right now. We want justice, not comfortable excuses."

If you are in crisis or having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text TALK to 741741.

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Former Oakland Raiders running back George Atkinson, III, 27, has died one year after his twin brother Josh Atkinson committed suicide.

George, who also played for the Cleveland Browns, is the son of Super Bowl champion George Atkinson II.

According to People magazine, the Athletic's Pete Sampson tweeted the news late Monday night. No cause of death was reported.

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George's death comes after his twin brother Josh committed suicide last Christmas. George and Josh played football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. They also excelled at track & field.

Josh was reportedly depressed after their mother died from complications of Crohn's disease. She was also diagnosed with Schizophrenia.

In an open letter written in October and published by The Unsealed, George opened up about his struggles grieving the loss of his mother and his twin brother.

Titled "How I Turned My Losses Into Lessons", George wrote that his brother felt guilty over their mom's death.

George said he was hospitalized on a mental ward for self-harm after his brother died.

"That's the moment I felt like I lost everything. That's the moment I can't describe," he wrote. "I never want you to feel his pain or my pain."

George said his 2-year-old daughter motivated him and gave him the will to live.

"I knew I had to find a way to keep going and be a role model for her," he wrote. "Without my daughter, I don't know where I would be right now. She gave me that second wind of motivation."

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K-Pop fans are mourning the death of 28-year-old singer Goo Hara on Sunday. The former member of South Korean girl group KARA took her own life 6 months after a previous suicide attempt.

Hara's body was found around 6 p.m. local time on Sunday in the exclusive Gangnam area of Seoul, South Korea. A close friend of Hara's said she battled "severe depression" due to negative online comments.

S. Korea police say Hara left a handwritten, "pessimistic" note on her living room table. Hara left a final "goodbye" on Instagram.com before she took her own life. Hara also said "goodbye" to fans on Instagram after her first suicide attempt.

During her recovery Hara apologized to her fans for worrying them. "I am sorry for causing a commotion and concern," she told Sankei Sports.

"In terms of health, I am recovering," she added. "I had been in agony over a number of overlapping issues."

Hara, who often spoke out about online bullying in the past, launched an anti-cyberbullying campaign after her first suicide attempt. She pleaded with her fans to leave more positive comments on her timelines. She vowed to ignore the negativity going forward.

"From now on, I will steel my heart and try to show up healthy," she said.

Social media is linked to a dramatic increase in youth and young adult suicide rates and a hike in mental illness diagnoses.

The news of Hara's death comes days after Twitter tech support announced the microblogging platform is offering users the option of hiding replies to spare their feelings.

The "hide replies" feature is available to all users across mobile and desktop platforms. The new feature has been both hailed and criticized as "radical" and "controversial".

Critics noted that a blue popup and an icon alerts users to the hidden replies - and simply clicking the popup reveals the hidden replies to any user.

Critics worry that the new feature could encourage trolls to retaliate against Twitter users for hiding their replies.

One Twitter user wrote: "I wonder if this pop up makes people more likely to pay attention to hidden replies than if they were never hidden in the first place".

Another user tweeted, "What is the point of people hiding unwanted tweet replies if twitter fills the screen with a giant pop-up calling attention to the fact that there are replies they have hidden".

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