Royal Oak Woman Dies of Suicide

Royal Oak Woman Dies of Suicide

(Crystal A. Proxmire, May 14, 2014)

At request, Royal Oak Community Engagement Specialist Judy Davids released the following information, which has been edited to protect the identity of the deceased:

“On May 9th 2014, at 7:55PM, officers responded to Poplar for a report of a gunshot victim. The Officers located the victim, a 53 year old woman, inside the home and she was transported to William Beaumont Hospital for treatment of her injury. Initial investigation revealed her boyfriend alerted neighbors to the shooting and was determined to be the same person the victim was arguing with earlier in the evening. The boyfriend left the scene prior to speaking with officers.

“Detectives along with the Oakland County Forensic Crime Lab conducted further investigation and evidence collection. The victim later passed from her injury at William Beaumont Hospital.

“The boyfriend was located at his home in Detroit, where a search warrant was executed. After further investigation and evidence collected at multiple locations, it was determined that the injury was self-inflicted. Information and evidence obtained from the investigation determined the deceased owned the weapon, had a history of depression, and was upset about the status of a recent relationship.”


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“Suicide is a major public health issue, but it is preventable,” said George Miller, Director of Oakland County Department of Health and Human Services in a previous article. “It is important for everyone to recognize the warning signs and risk factors for suicide to prevent the loss of lives.”

Warning Signs:

~Talking about, or making plans to die

~Talking about “ending the pain”

~Persistently feeling sad, lonely or “empty”

~Insomnia or excessive sleeping

~Social isolation and withdrawal

~Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions

Risk Factors:

~Previous suicide attempt(s)

~Depression or other mental illness

~Substance use

~Family history of suicide

~Physical illness and /or chronic pain

If you or someone you know is in crisis, do not leave the person alone and do not isolate yourself.  Call your doctor, 911, go to a hospital emergency room for immediate help, or ask someone to help you.  The phone number for Common Ground’s 24-hour Crisis and Resource Helpline is 800-231-1127 and is available 24 hours a day.

Additional Resources:

Common Ground –

Oakland County Community Mental Health –

Easter Seals –

Suicide Prevention Resource Center –

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration –

National Alliance on Mental Illness –

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