Survivor of Parkland shooting takes her own life

Sydney Aiello (Photo: Facebook via NBC News)
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PARKLAND, Fla. (WTHR) - A student who survived the mass shooting at a Florida high school last year took her own life.

Sydney Aiello, who graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018, months after the shooting that left 14 students and three staff members dead, died over the weekend, according to NBC News. A spokesperson with the Broward County Medical Examiner's Office said Aiello died of a gunshot wound to the head.

Aiello, 19, was close friends with Meadow Pollack, one of the students killed in the shooting.

"Beautiful Sydney with such a bright future was taken from us way too soon," Pollack's brother, Hunter, wrote on Twitter.

Aiello was studying to enter the medical field, but her mother told WFOR-TV in Miami she was struggling with college classes because classrooms now scared her. Cara Aiello said her daughter was suffering from survivor's guilt and had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

A GoFundMe page has been created for Aiello's parents to honor their daughter.

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