Father of plantation family sought mental health assistance one year prior to murders – NBC 6 South Florida

An Army veteran and Purple Heart honoree, Chris Haley, shared on Wednesday that Jean Carlos Aponte, a Plantation man who killed his wife and toddler before attempting to take his own life, reached out for help from Catch A Lift Fund. The group provides mental health support to former service members through working out. Haley accepted Aponte into the program.

On Tuesday, Sara Ashley Gama, 38, and her 2-year-old son Ethan were discovered dead inside their home. Police have not released information on how or why Aponte is accused of killing his family. However, Haley said that Aponte was struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder and a traumatic brain injury. Despite this, he had a strong desire to make things right for his family.

Haley emphasized that while it’s unfortunate that the incident occurred despite the organization’s efforts to help people like Aponte, it serves as a reminder of the importance of seeking help when dealing with mental health issues. He encouraged anyone in crisis to reach out for help by calling or texting 988 or visiting SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for additional support.

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