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From Hero to Tragedy: Army Veteran Shares Story of Lost Loved One Who Sought Mental Health Support

BySamantha Jones

Mar 28, 2024
Father of plantation family sought mental health assistance one year prior to murders – NBC 6 South Florida

Army veteran and Purple Heart honoree Chris Haley shared on Wednesday that a Plantation man who police say killed his wife and toddler before attempting suicide served in the military and had recently sought help for his mental health. Forty-year-old Jean Carlos Aponte is in critical condition at the hospital after an apparent drug overdose. On Tuesday, his wife Sara Ashley Gama, 38, and two-year-old son Ethan were found dead inside their home.

Haley, who runs Catch A Lift Fund, a group that provides former service members mental health support through working out, accepted Aponte into the program. “It’s a bummer because that is the whole reason why our organization exists,” Haley said. “It’s to kind of stop this. So when it does happen, it’s pretty shocking because that’s kinda what we’re trying to avoid.”

According to Haley, Aponte was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and a traumatic brain injury. “He had very strong desire to make things right because he had a wife and a kid on the way,” Haley said. “That was one of the things I remember very clearly is he wanted to do things right and be a positive example for his family.”

Police have not released how or why Aponte allegedly killed his wife and child. “He was struggling,” Haley said. “I couldn’t tell if it was severe, but it’s a struggle and I think he wanted to get better.” The investigation into the incident is still active, with no charges having been filed yet. Police spent their Wednesday in a canal looking for what neighbors believe was a cellphone.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call or text 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline or chat live at 988lifeline.org. You can also visit SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for additional support

By Samantha Jones

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