Sydney Aiello, a 19-year-old student who survived the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, and graduated last year took her life over the weekend, officials said.
Aiello had been close friends with Meadow Pollack, one of the victims of the Feb. 14, 2018, mass shooting at the school that left 14 students and three staff members dead.
“Beautiful Sydney with such a bright future was taken from us way too soon,” Pollack’s brother, Hunter, wrote on Twitter.
Aiello died from a gunshot wound to the head, according to Heather A. Gálvez, with the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office.
“The death of Sydney Aiello is tragic, shocking and heartbreaking, and surely at least in significant part the result of the ripple effect of the MSD shooting,” a statement from Pollack’s family said.
A GoFundMe account set up for Aiello’s family said the teenager’s passions were cheerleading, yoga “and brightening up the days of others.”
Aiello, who graduated from Stoneman Douglas in 2018, was intending to go into the medical field, the site said.
But her mother, Cara, told CBS Miami that her daughter was struggling with her college classes because classrooms now scared her.
Cara Aiello said her daughter suffered from survivor’s guilt and had recently been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.