A few years back, I lost two people to suicide. While I realize my senses are heightened, I've seen first hand how debilitating the mere mention of suicide in various programming can be for family members.
Who was this Joaquin, and why is he the subject of conversation, especially amongst immigrant rights advocates who ask ourselves if we could have done something to prevent his suicide? The answers do not come easily.
What we say has the power to bring life or death to any situation, person, or circumstance. The most detrimental component to speaking death to someone, much like what is said in cases of bullying, are the words that we release into the atmosphere.