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March 13, 1987 | United Press International
The families of four teen-agers who committed suicided by breathing car exhaust fumes earlier this week have decided not to honor their last request for a joint wake and burial, funeral directors said today. The two young men and two sisters who killed themselves Wednesday will be buried in three separate funerals beginning Saturday and probably concluding on Monday, officials said.
September 28, 2010 | Alexandra Zavis and Tony Barboza
As a teacher in an impoverished, gang-ridden area of South Los Angeles, Rigoberto Ruelas always reached out to the toughest kids. He would tutor them on weekends and after school, visit their homes, encourage them to aim high and go to college. The fifth-grade teacher at Miramonte Elementary School was so passionate about his mission that, school authorities say, he had near perfect attendance in 14 years on the job. So when Ruelas, 39, failed to show up for work last week, his colleagues instantly began to worry.
In two homes, two schools, two communities, grief in all its manifestations came to call Monday as those who knew the South Bay victims of an apparent teenage suicide pact struggled with the inevitable: "Why?" In tony Rancho Palos Verdes, where 15-year-old Heidi K. Chamberlain attended one of the nation's finest public schools, her stricken parents numbly made funeral plans, and her girlfriends huddled, red-eyed, in the school halls.
January 7, 1992
A 43-year-old Los Angeles woman killed herself Monday by driving her car at a high speed into the back of a parked dump truck on Lynn Road in Thousand Oaks, authorities said. "It was fast enough to demolish the car," said Ventura County Sheriff's Sgt. Keith Parks. "She died instantly." The woman's name was being withheld Monday night pending notification of relatives, Parks said. Investigators determined that she intended to die in the 6 p.m.
January 30, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
A 52-year-old motorist who was killed in a Metrolink crash earlier this week drove his vehicle into the train's path because he wanted to commit suicide, the Los Angeles County coroner ruled Wednesday. The driver died Monday morning after he was thrown from his SUV from the impact of the crash. A will and a suicide note addressed to his mother were found in his home, said Capt. David Campbell, a spokesman for the coroner's office.
November 12, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A teenage student pilot who committed suicide by crashing into a Tampa skyscraper had nearly hit the control tower at an Air Force base that houses a nerve center for the Afghan war, a government report says. Charles Bishop, 15, flew his stolen Cessna "just a few feet" over the control tower at MacDill Air Force Base during the Jan. 5 flight, the National Transportation Safety Board report says.
October 23, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A 12-year-old boy shot himself to death after leaving a suicide note telling his parents to donate his organs, newspapers reported. His request followed publicity for an American couple who donated their 7-year-old son's organs after he was fatally wounded in a highway robbery in Italy. The 12-year-old shot himself with his grandfather's rifle. But his organs could not be used, because several hours passed before his father found his body.
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