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Officials: Man’s death at Victorville cemetery appears to be suicide



A man was found dead after an apparent suicide while at the Desert View Memorial in Victorville. (Gabriel D. Espinoza, Victor Valley News)

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (  A Victorville cemetery was temporarily closed after a man was found dead early Tuesday morning.

It was reported to officials at around 7:15 a.m., by a person at the Desert View Memorial Park in the 11500 block of Amargosa Road.

According to a scanner traffic, a person reported hearing a single gunshot before finding the man sitting in a lawn chair near a grave site.

“The male adult was pronounced deceased by medical personnel on scene. His death appears to be a result of suicide,” said Sheriff’s Spokeswoman Mara Rodriguez.

The Sheriff’s Coroner Division responded and will conduct the investigation into the cause of death.

If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, VVNG encourages you to call the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255

Suicide Prevention Resources

Warning signs of suicide

  • Talking about wanting to die
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

What to do if you see warning signs of suicide

      • Do not leave the person alone
      • Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt
      • Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255)
      • Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional

     The more of these signs a person shows, the greater the risk. Warning signs are associated with suicide but may not be what causes a suicide. Information from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.


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