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Nineteen-year-old Suzanne Gonzales seemed to have a life full of potential and promise. She was a gifted student from California who attended Florida State University on a full scholarship. "She was a person who was not afraid to march to her own beat," Suzanne's father, Mike, remembers. "She was just a joy and a light." Suzanne's sister, Jennifer, treasured the special bond the two shared. "We were best friends," she says. "We did everything together."

Though the family was 3,000 miles apart, Suzanne's parents and sister talked to her several times a week on the phone and believed she was doing well. "She loved Tallahassee; she loved going to school," says Mike.

Then, on March 23, the Gonzales' lives were changed forever. First, they received a frantic call that Suzanne was missing. A few hours later, police confirmed Suzanne was dead. After cleaning her apartment, feeding her kittens and checking into a local hotel, Suzanne committed suicide by ingesting a lethal dose of cyanide.

"I wonder if she was scared," says a tearful Jennifer. "But mostly I just think about her being alone. Dying alone."
FROM: The Bank-Robbing Dad and the Shocked Sons Who Turned Him In
Published on January 25, 2006


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