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Suicides often fit common profile
Mental illness, finances, substance abuse behind most cases, stats show
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A violent death shakes any community, but most do not come at the hand of others: Suicide persistently outpaces homicide as a killer of Hall County residents. Gainesville’s Ryan Sawyer, owner and founder of BioTrauma, cleans and sanitizes homes where there has been a violent death, many from suicide. He said he sees a similar pattern: white, middle-aged males, a gunshot wound to the head and anti-depressant medication on the bedside table.