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Man Hangs Self in View of Shoppers Near Sport Chalet

A local man commits suicide behind the store at Alicia Parkway and Pacific Park.

Editor's Note: This story originally published Aug. 1.

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. -- Investigators believe a 49-year-old man hanged himself Wednesday behind Sport Chalet in Laguna Niguel.

He was later identified as .

Authorities originally said the body was found behind the nearby Costco, but on Thursday, witnesses and city officials said the suicide actually happened behind the at 27080 Alicia Parkway.

Using his own belt, the man hanged himself in plain view of shoppers behind the store, said Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino.

"He must have wanted to be found," said Amormino. "I don't know any problem that is that bad that it cannot be helped. There is always hope. And clearly this person was depressed. But with help, it may have made a difference. He is someone's uncle or father, and he leaves behind those people at such a relatively young age."

The Sheriff’s Department received a call that a from the railing at the back of the Costco at 2:26 p.m. Wednesday.

The first deputy on the scene attempted CPR, as did paramedics, but the man was declared dead at the scene, sheriff's Lt. Lloyd Downing said.

Tracy August 09, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Nicole I agree, my husband and I would get 2nd and 3rd jobs to feed and house our 6 kids and lets not forget and all the freaking taxes taken out of our hard earned $ for the ones who are here illegally...gets my blood boiling this topic :/ We have helped OC Mission and purchased food and items for specific homeless families that actually qualify as such and it truly is sad, they are so broken, but encouraged and educated by these ministries to pick up again and get jobs. They come out with a great testimony, but they have to put in the effort x 10 to get there. The rewards are great ;)
Kathi August 09, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Yes, very good points. The 2 issues kind of got intertwined when they really shouldn't have. You said it well. I was reminded of all this today though & yesterday as driving in the area yesterday in the heat I saw a man on the median of Alicia, walking along w his face looking rather red. He may have been heading to panhandle on a median or maybe not. & then today around noon in the heat at Pacific Park & Heather Ridge by Costco, I saw a bald man w no hat standing in the sun & then moving briefly to the shade & then back to the sun. I felt like urging him to get a hat to provide some protection from the sun. Sure do not want any of those people getting a sun stroke. Yesterday I noticed that corner was vacant so I would guess that many of them have more sense than to stand out in the sun at mid-day anyway.
lrockriver August 11, 2012 at 12:49 AM
I don't think it really matter WHERE it is that it DID happen. Someone was in so much pain inside, that they felt as this was the only way, as it states. And if he did this in front of people, why didn't any one try and STOP him ????
craig August 11, 2012 at 03:31 AM
thats totaly not true he served in granada ans saw his friend killed by friendly fire i tried to tell him to get more help from the va but hedidnt want to take from the gfovbernment he simply asked people for a little help and the people that did help im sure were in a much better finacial situation than therm they have been styruggling for years to keep a roof over there heads so quit judging and be reak
Carl August 12, 2012 at 08:15 AM
Well, it does matter where it happened, just because the location would answer your last question. Costco is a very open place, many people would have seen it, unless it happened in the backside of Costco, where pretty much no one goes by there. However, we now know that it didn't happened near the premises of Costco, but instead behind Sport Chalet, a place that is not really in the view of many people, especially if you are looking in front of you while driving. Although many cars drive by it, it is really hard to focus your eyes on that spot, if someone in a car saw it, probably was a passenger who was looking out by the window. The title of the article is deceiving....I would like to believe that if something like that really happened in front of shoppers, they would have reacted different...the title turns the shoppers into spectators... and I truly doubt that that's what happened.

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