Man fatally shot at Harlem and Madison

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By Nona Tepper

A man allegedly fatally shot himself inside a car parked in a lot at the intersection of Harlem Avenue and Madison Street at around 10 a.m. on Nov. 13, according to Police Chief Thomas Aftanas.

"It doesn't appear to be anything other than a possible suicide, there's no shooter out roaming around the neighborhood but it's tragic nonetheless," he said.

Aftanas said he did not know any details of the victim, including his age or place of residence. He also did not know the make or model of the car. The car was parked in the lot just south of Parky's Hot Dogs, 329 S. Harlem Ave.

"We have very little information because detectives are still working on it," he said.

Nona Tepper

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Sharyone Jayne Francis Battaglino from Forest Park   

Posted: November 19th, 2018 9:10 AM

How sad and the Newspaper had every right to report that May he R.I.P.

Jerry Webster  

Posted: November 15th, 2018 5:26 PM

Dan, I feel the Review has always handled these well. Over the years there have been a number of cases, most readers were Ok with how it handled, some were not. I believe Nona handled it a well.

Mary Win Connor  

Posted: November 15th, 2018 1:58 PM

Thank you Dan for that post. I think one of the big issues I had with this was the headline which gave the impression that someone was on the corner of Harlem and Madison shooting. Then the opening sentence was startling with the suicide. Its a tough one in that it is news and yet I keep thinking about being a loved one of that man and reading this. Yes, no one else would know who it was but if I did it would hurt to read it. Just my .02 cents.

Dan Haley from Forest Park Review Forest Park Review Employee

Posted: November 15th, 2018 12:26 PM

Reporting on death by suicide is a very complicated topic for the Review and other media outlets. We have also erred in reporting on this issue at times over the years which has been sobering. As a result our policy has evolved over the time and I expect it will continue to shift. Basically the Review will report on deaths by suicide if they take place in a public setting, as this death did. We also will report on deaths by suicide if the deceased is a public figure. Defining who is a public figure is also a subject of discussion in our newsroom on the rare occasions where this comes up. Suicide is a hard topic for all of us, as is mental health in general. Society's gradual progress in being more honest and direct in talking about these hard issues is a positive process.

Andrew Cooper  

Posted: November 15th, 2018 11:52 AM

When a fatality occurs, the public has a right to know if the cause of death is unclear or there is a possibility that a violent crime occurred. However, the epidemiology of self-inflicted injuries is complex, and there are real reasons for reporting selectively and choosing words carefully. Here are a couple resources for people who want to learn more about these issues: https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/June-2018/Why-Suicide-Reporting-Guidelines-Matter and http://reportingonsuicide.org/recommendations/ .

Kasey Klinger  

Posted: November 15th, 2018 11:11 AM

How very Sad.

Michelle Andres Fitz-Henry  

Posted: November 13th, 2018 8:07 PM

I don't find anything wrong with your report. If anything maybe it raises awareness. So sorry this happened. Please people, if you need help reach out.

Jan Stephens  

Posted: November 13th, 2018 8:06 PM

I have no idea why someone would say the title/headline is salacious. Anyway, suicide is real; it happens. It should not be hidden.

Jerry Webster  

Posted: November 13th, 2018 6:33 PM

Nona, Just keep doing your job, I believe you do it very well. I am sure there are stories that you would rather not print but they are news and maybe some one will notice some one who needs help. Maybe if this man had been noticed he would still be alive.

Geoff Binns-Calvey  

Posted: November 13th, 2018 5:45 PM

The days of not reporting suicides are past us, and a good thing too. Hiding it because "it's in bad taste" hides the fact that some among us are that sad and desperate. Bring it into the light, be aware, and watch out for your neighbors and friends.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: November 13th, 2018 5:13 PM

It's perfectly acceptable to report on suicides done in public settings- people have a right to know that the guy found shot in a car wasn't murdered. No name was disclosed. His privacy was respected.

Kevin Harnett  

Posted: November 13th, 2018 4:56 PM

Nona it is in very bad taste for a local paper to report suicides. When you add the salacious headline its downright disgusting.

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