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Man Shoots Himself At Morris Cove Seawall

by Staff | Jun 24, 2014 3:23 pm

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Posted to: Morris Cove

A neighbor out for a morning walk at the Morris Cove seawall Tuesday morning discovered the body of a 39-year-old New Jersey man who had shot himself to death.

The suicide occurred around 7:30 a.m., according to top East Shore cop Sgt. Vincent Anastasio.

The New Jersey man was visiting his father, who moved to the neighborhood a few years ago, Anastasio said. The son had battled depression for many years. Tuesday morning he took his father’s revolver, left a note on the porch telling his father he’d be at the seawall, then left, according to Anastasio. The female neighbor out for a walk subsequently found him, dead.

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posted by: Gretchen Pritchard on June 24, 2014  11:56am

How very sad.

Of course, we must always remember that “Guns Don’t Kill People; People Kill People.”

Yeah right.

Sympathy especially to the father, and to the woman who found the body.  These memories don’t go away.

Again, how very sad.

posted by: PoPo9157 on June 24, 2014  1:22pm

And if the gun was locked away in a safe this never would have happened.

posted by: Anon-neighbor on June 24, 2014  2:59pm

So very sad and selfish.  I don’t know all the details, but I can’t help feeling very sorry for both the suicide and the father.  I hope it’s possible for the dad to stay and enjoy the incredible beauty of Morris Cove.  Our thoughts are with you neighbor!

posted by: IloveMYcity203 on June 24, 2014  3:18pm

@Gretchen,

If guns kill people, can you tell me how the trigger, which probably required at least three lbs of pressure to be fired, was pulled back?

I hope you are not saying that if he didn’t have a gun to use to commit suicide he’d still be alive. Unfortunately this is a sad incident and my condolences are with the family, but the comment about “Guns don’t kill people; People kill people,” then saying “yea right,” makes no sense.

Guns do not kill people. People use guns to kill people just like they use anything that can cause bodily harm to kill someone.

PoPo9157 is correct! If the gun was locked up, then this guy would have had to use some other sort of means to kill himself. He could have had access to other guns too, but whatever the case may be, he could have clearly jumped into the ocean too. If he did that, would blame the ocean for his death and demand that the government put up 30 foot walls??

If someone hangs themselves, do you blame the rope?
If a person gains too much weight from constantly eating, do you blame the fork, grocery store, spoon etc.?
If someone gets killed by a drunk driver, do you blame the car or the driver?

I can go on and on, but I think you get the point….  Enjoy the day :)

posted by: TheMadcap on June 24, 2014  3:53pm

Guns don’t kill people…..


.....they just happen to a tool designed specifically to make killing substantially easier and are by overwhelmingly the most popular device used by people when killing themselves or other people. But guns don’t kill people.

posted by: fastdriver on June 24, 2014  7:14pm

How very sad that this was the solution to his problems. My sincere condolences and prayers to his dad and all of the friends of the deceased. My prayers also for the woman who discovered him.

posted by: Tommy Hobbes on June 24, 2014  9:06pm

@TheMadcap

In 2005, 35% of all suicides were by hanging, strangulation, suffocation, or poisoning. Would you rather see more of those methods of suicide? Would that make you any feel better?

posted by: Jill_the_Pill on June 25, 2014  7:54am

“I hope you are not saying that if he didn’t have a gun to use to commit suicide he’d still be alive. “

I will say that. 

“In 2005, 35% of all suicides were by hanging, strangulation, suffocation, or poisoning. Would you rather see more of those methods of suicide?”

Maybe.  Because of the missing 65%—those killed by guns—many would be too scared of the other methods or, in the time it took to implement them, might reconsider.  It’s not that there aren’t other ways to kill and die; it’s that guns make it way too easy to act on impulse.

posted by: Rogue624 on June 25, 2014  8:51am

This man you are all speaking of is the father of my 10 year old daughter.  To those who have shared kind words, we thank you - the family appreciates it.  For those with less kind things to say about the situation please have some respect and keep them to yourself as you are posting for the world to see.  Find another forum if you feel the need for the negativity or to debate gun policies, statistics, or who/what to blame. This is not the time or the place.  One day this innocent child may look up this type of information and it would break my heart even more than it already is to have to explain some of these remarks to her.  His father just lost his son, please respect that as well.

posted by: Jill_the_Pill on June 25, 2014  9:19am

Very very sorry, Rogue624.  I’d remove my comment if NHI allowed it, and I’m sure others would as well.  In our distress about the broader issue of gun violence, we all forgot that the deceased must have local connections. 

Condolence to you, your daughter, and his father.

posted by: Lotusfiresback on June 25, 2014  9:56am

After reading these comments in full, including the comment from the family of this man, it occurred to me that no one thought about the direct impact this incident left on MY neighborhood. Yes it’s a sad thing for the family of this man. I pray that there will be some closer. But this man took his life in the direct view of children WALKING to school. In direct view of the families and students of the Nathan Hale School community who were celebrating their graduation just up the street at Lighthouse. It is a sad day when someone intentionally takes their life. But what about everyone unrelated to this man or his family that had to witness the police investigating this death in OUR neighborhood. This man was not a long time resident of OUR community. He now leaves a negative stain on OUR park where OUR children play. So please, to the family, sorry for the loss. But as you grieve, think about the pre-k-8 th graders who passed by that scene on their way to school in THEIR otherwise quiet community.

posted by: Bern0912 on June 25, 2014  10:32am

I’m the woman who found him my heart go out to his family especially his daughter my god be with you all I hope he is at peace now god bless

posted by: ANDREAP06512 on June 25, 2014  1:25pm

My mother was the one who found him. My condolences go out to his family and friends, may he Rest in Peace, but also Mommy I am so sorry you had to see that. May God ease your mind of everything you had to see. I love you so much and your an angel.

posted by: Afriend on June 26, 2014  12:48pm

I am a friend from his home town.  He was a good man. He was an entrepreneur and a father. I had a lot of laughs with him. Life is not always easy and it is tougher more so for some.  I am sure he is in a better place.

Bless, O God of eternal life,
all who have died
by their own hand.
Grant them peace
from their inner turmoil
and the compassion of your love.
Comfort those who mourn
their loved ones.
Strengthen them to face the questions of pain,
the guilt and anger,
the irreparable loss.
Help us to reach out in love
to others who prefer death
to the choices of life
and to their families who grieve.
Amen.

posted by: afriend2 on June 26, 2014  2:08pm

I am also a friend of his & totally agree with Afriends comment, he was a good man with a big heart, unfortunately he was struggling with some difficult issues, I wish he had reached out for help, things can always change for the better. R.I.P. my friend.

posted by: nutleysigns on June 29, 2014  2:32pm

he was my friend & my tenant for a few years. I still have his voicemail telling me that he was OK & starting over. I don’t understand this & never will. He was a good hearted guy. I feel so bad for his little girl. RIP “Sauce Boss”

posted by: mayandi7497 on June 29, 2014  10:59pm

I am sorry for you loss rogue624 I am a neighbor. My 10 year old and her best friend is very fond of your in laws, she was so concerned and sad to her about this. As for the post on this page you should all be ashamed. This man was a father, son husband friend most of all a human being. Again my prayers go out to your family.

posted by: mayandi7497 on June 29, 2014  11:12pm

Lotusfiresback   This man was suffering, I am a social worker I work with people every day I make a decision to referrer to the ER hopefully in time to save their lives, I can almost bet this man did not do this selfishly and to ruin your quiet little peaceful community i am a 43 year resident my child walk past there 730 yes luck she did not witness it yes it was supposed to be a happy day yes my child witnessed crime scene tape a detectives in the way of our quiet picture perfect park, omg is that what you got out of this.. sorry rogue 624… did not mean to rant to this person, but i needed to explain this not about Lotusfiresback… This is about your in laws you and your daughter getting through this pain and having to drive by that spot that is pain if you need anything your neighbors are here…

posted by: Bern0912 on June 30, 2014  10:41pm

Ok my heart go out to his family and his daughter but what about an innocent person taking her morning walk ran into a unforgettable scene who now hasn’t taking her morning walk since that day who has a hard time sleeping at night what about that. I know this man was in emotion pain and I really hope his at peace now but if he thought this was the only way out of his pain he could of done it privately not for an innocent woman or for that Case anyone to see it.For that I am this woman.

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