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Friends say political obsession lead to Georgia man's suicide

November 8, 2004

Albany - A double life and an unhealthy obsession with politics may have lead a University of Georgia employee to commit suicide at ground zero over the weekend. Andrew Veal's body was found Saturday morning inside the off-limits site. He shot and killed himself Friday, his 25th birthday.

Co-workers say Veal was depressed over the outcome of the Presidential election and distraught over the war in Iraq. One newspaper article said he was also juggling two girlfriends.

Albany Psychologist Larry Duncan says just listening to someone can help prevent suicide. "Sit and listen to the person. Let them know that you understand them," said Duncan. "You don't have to agree with them, just try to understand what they're saying. That can take a lot of stress off that person and let them feel that someone knows where they're coming from."

Veal was found with a bottle of Jack Daniel's whiskey by his side, and a 12-gauge shotgun across his body. Police are investigating how he got into the ground zero site which is protected by high fences.

Posted at 3:53PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com