Suicide? I'm not one to question a coroner...but what was purchased with his gas card? If he were to kill himself, why would he need gas?
Investigators say they knew where the gun came from but would not disclose that information.
Were there signs? Had Ben been depressed? Did he talk about suicide or hurting himself to others? Had he withdrawn from friends and family? Did he have a girlfriend, and if so, did she notice any odd behavior?
As someone who lost a loved family member to suicide last year these are all questions that need to be considered.
Questions to Ponder:
-Had Ben seen a therapist or psychiatrist for depression or any other psychiatric disorder? (One who has Bipolar disorder is more likely to commit suicide than any other mental illness such as depression or other mood disorders.)
-Did Ben use alcohol or other drugs to "numb his inner pain"?
-Did he withdraw from activities that he normally enjoyed?
-Did he withdraw from friends and family?
-Did he talk about feeling hopeless?
-Were there changes in his sleep patterns or behavior?
-Are there members in his family that have suffered from depression or other mental disorders? It is known that these are genetic factors.
According to Carroll County Coroner Sammy Eady the body found yesterday is that of Ben Stanford. The coroner has ruled his death as a suicide, single gunshot to the head, and the FBI has closed the tipline for the case.
Donoho teachers are opening up their classrooms, to allow students to talk about 17-year-old Ben Stanford. Stanford was a senior at Donoho in Anniston. The school first had a breakfast for seniors this morning.
There grief counselors were on hand, comforting Stanford's childhood friends. Students are also wearing ribbons in Stanford's favorite color, green.
"Ben has been with us since he was four years old. he was our son, our friend, our brother. and you cannot replace the loss of someone like that," said Principal Hurd.
Donoho students are planning a private school memorial for Stanford. Principal Hurd said they hope to have it by the end of the week.
Governor Riley expressed his condolences saying "Patsy and I express our heartfelt condolences to Senator Preuitt and his entire family. Our prayers are with them during this very difficult time."