[lit-ideas] Re: Man commits suicide at Ground Zero

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  • Date: Sun, 7 Nov 2004 00:29:21 EST

I'm so slow.  But I finally get it!  Greg doesn't want us to  discuss 
philosophy or literature, particularly.  He just doesn't want any  political 
I'm so slow.
Those daisies are mighty pretty this time of year......
Julie Krueger
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Man commits suicide at  Ground Zero 

Staff Writers

November 6, 2004, 7:11 PM  EST

Distraught over the re-election of President George W. Bush, a  Georgia man 
traveled to New York City, went to Ground Zero and killed himself  with a 
shotgun blast, police said yesterday.

The suicide victim, Andrew  Veal, 25, was discovered just before 8 a.m. 
yesterday when a worker for the  Millennium Hotel looking at Ground Zero from 
upper floor saw a man lying atop  the concrete structure through which the 1 
9 subway lines run.

The  worker, thinking the man was sleeping, alerted colleagues and the Port 
Authority  police were notified.

But when they got to Veal's body, they realized he  had killed himself with a 
shot to the head from a .12-gauge shotgun.

No  suicide note was found, but according to a Port Authority police source, 
family  members said Veal, a registered Democrat, was despondent over Bush's 
defeat of  Sen. John Kerry. A second source said Veal, who lived in Athens, 
Ga., and worked  for the University of Georgia, was also adamantly opposed to 
war in  Iraq.

More than three years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, Ground  Zero remains 
a top tourist attraction, the site rife with  symbolism.

Visitors there yesterday reacted in different ways to news of  Veal's 
suicide. Bobbie Jensen, 54, a Republican from Phoenix, said that while  she 
understood how Bush's victory disturbed those who dislike him, Ground Zero  is 
not the 
place to act on those emotions.

"You can be upset about the  war, about Bush, but this is a sacred place," 
she said. "You got to accept what  happened and not kill yourself." But Frank 
Franca, an East Village artist and  registered Democrat, suggested the suicide 
was symbolic.

"I'm very moved  by it," he said. "Obviously, this person was devastated. I 
can see why he would  come here."

Franca's friend, Jeffim Kuznetsov, a 25-year-old student from  Russia who 
lives in Atlanta, said the suicide is evidence of how deeply many  Americans 
affected by Kerry's defeat.

"It's a national tragedy," he  said. "This election is devastating to all who 
believe in  democracy."

Another visitor to Ground Zero, Arushi Raval, 34, a  businesswoman who lives 
in Chelsea, said Veal might have been active in  campaigning for Kerry, only 
to taste defeat.

"Maybe he felt ineffective,"  she said of the victim. "You feel ineffective 
if you tried and it all  failed.

"I know so many New Yorkers who are depressed over this."  

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