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Rash of suicides raises alarm in Homer

Five suicides and three attempts since early September have left residents of the Homer and Anchor Point areas reeling, reports the Homer Tribune.

A 20-year-old Homer man was found dead in his car Friday morning from a gunshot wound police believe to be an apparent suicide. ...

Homer law enforcement recorded this as the third suicide in the past two months. One in late September involved a 17-year-old teen. Two weeks ago, Homer police found a 49-year-old man dead on the Homer Spit Trail on Oct. 22.

At the Anchor Point post, Alaska State Troopers reported two additional suspected suicides that occurred this fall.

In 2011, according to statistics kept by the Alaska State Troopers, there were three suicides and one attempted suicide on the Lower Kenai Peninsula. Six suicide deaths in a population of less than 20,000 is three times the rate of 12 suicides per 100,000 people in the United States. Alaska has the highest rate of suicide per capita in the country at 22.6 suicides per 100,000 people, according to information provided by the Alaska Suicide Prevention Council.

Read more at the Homer Tribune: Suicide rate has town reeling