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Re: “Honoring Chelsie

This is a most tragic story. The Sturman family has reasonable questions about her daughters death. An "apparent" suicide , to me the investigation was not thorough enough. As commented above,I would want every possible detail in a case such as this. The angle and trajectory of the bullet, what position would her hand have to be in to commit this act herself , does it match the evidence? Was there bruising on any finger from the force of the gun? How long could she have lived after after the bullet was fired? Could she have gotten the gun under her leg and pulled up the covers? Too many unanswered questions in my opinion.

It is also reasonable to want stricter rules on how a police weapon is stored. If this was a suicide, and the gun was left available studies show that 90% of guns by suicide is successful, whereby suicide by drugs is only 3%. Suicide by gun is a more impulsive act, and maybe an hour or even a few minutes can make someone rethink consequences to family and friends. Making guns less readily available may not be a complete answer, but if it can save one life, it is worth taking a small effort to lock and secure any gun.

Posted by kc on 05/20/2010 at 12:29 PM

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    After their daughter's suicide, Rebecca and Ben Sturman want changes in policies regarding what police do with their weapons at home
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