We were informed that such a letter exists, and we are aware of its content. And it’s correct that it relates to the relationship between Pierre Wauthier and Joe Ackermann.Zurich Insurance Group acting chairman Tom de Swaan • Discussing a letter left behind by the company’s CFO, Pierre Wauthier. Wauthier was found dead on Monday of a suspected suicide, and there’s belief that just-resigned company chairman Josef Ackermann played a part in the form of “undue pressure.” Ackermann resigned Thursday in an effort to contain damage caused by the scandal, and calls the claims unfounded. The company plans an investigation. source
If you can take your worst nightmare and then put somebody you know and love into that situation and give them a gun and stand 3 feet away from them and watch them kill themselves, that’s what it’s like. It’s unfathomable. It’s something that you would love to wash away from your mind, but you can’t do it. There’s nothing like it. There’s nothing like it. Think about your worst nightmare and multiply by five.Kansas City Mayor Sly James • Speaking to the press regarding the horrible incident that occurred in his city this morning, in which Jovan Belcher, starting linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend (and mother of their infant child) before turning the gun on himself. His suicide occurred in a parking lot outside Arrowhead Stadium, where he arrived after his girlfriend’s shooting, and there were two very prominent witnesses — Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel, and general manager Scott Pioli, who Belcher reportedly thanked for their support before shooting himself. James, above, explained the emotional turmoil felt by Pioli, who he’s spoken to since the incident. Crennel has not yet spoken publicly. source
Here’s A bit of background info on seau, for those playing catch-up: A graduate of the University of Southern California, Seau was drafted fifth overall by the San Diego Chargers during the 1990 NFL draft. He spent 12 years in San Diego before being traded to Miami, retiring briefly, and finally landed with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. While he made two Super Bowl appearances, and 12 Pro Bowl starts, a championship ring eluded him his entire career. Seau retired again after the 2009 season, and was inducted into the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame before the opening game of the 2010 season. More information on his reported death as it becomes available. source
Here’s a window into a tragedy within the American military: For every soldier killed on the battlefield this year, about 25 veterans are dying by their own hands.New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof • In an opinion piece on the death of soldiers after they return home. A few other key stats — more former soldiers have committed suicide after returning home than died in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq combined, being a veteran doubles the risk of suicide, and being a veteran between ages 17 and 24 quadruples the risk. Yikes. Read up on this disturbing trend.
A Moroccan woman forced to marry her rapist to protect her family’s honor recently committed suicide, but her legacy left a long trail online after her death. Amina Al Filali’s death shined a harsh light onto laws in the Moroccan legal system, specifically one that allows a man who marries the victim of rape or kidnapping to avoid prosecution. Her husband, Mustafa Fallaq, initially resisted the marriage — which was encouraged by Al Filali’s mother in response to the rape — but was later made aware aware of the legal loophole and used it to his advantage. A sad story, but what came after was amazing. Watch the clip above and read Al Jazeera’s recap. An important story on the strength of protest. (thanks suckersandpunks | EDIT: Clarification thanks to sharquaouia, who is in the above clip)