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Death of man found hanged in Manhattan park ruled suicide, medical examiner says

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Posted at 12:44 PM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-16 15:48:03-04

INWOOD, Manhattan — A Bronx man who was found hanged in a Manhattan park last week died by suicide, the city’s medical examiner said Tuesday.

Dominique Alexander, 27, died by hanging on June 9, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Alexander was discovered by a passerby hanging from a tree on the Cloister Path in Fort Tryon Park around 6 a.m., police said.

His brother, Keats Alexander, told the New York Daily News the family is grieving.

“He was definitely loved by his family and his community. It’s just so much," he said.

The death of Alexander, who is Black, has drawn some comparisons to the recent hanging deaths of two Black men in separate incidents in Southern California.

Federal authorities said on Monday they plan to review local investigations into the hanging deaths of Robert Fuller, 24, and Malcolm Harsch, 38, to determine whether federal law was violated.

The coroner's office initially said Fuller appeared to have died by suicide because there were no signs of foul play at the scene.

Some people unaffiliated with Alexander’s family are now questioning whether his death was a suicide.

“The medical examiner has ruled his death a suicide but I am NOT convinced [and] you shouldn’t [be] either,” one person wrote on Twitter.

A march calling for a thorough investigation into Alexander’s death is planned for Saturday in Fort Tryon Park.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, contact the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255). It’s a free, 24/7 service that offers support, information, and local resources. You can also click here for additional hotlines within the tri-state area and the nation.

Depression and suicidal thoughts are often exhibited in many ways. Warning signs for suicide can include, but are not limited to, talking about wanting to die; conveying feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness or being a burden; and displaying extreme moods.

If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention advises that you do not leave the person alone, call a prevention hotline, and take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.

For more information on suicide prevention, including additional resources and warning signs, you can visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s website.

This story comprises reporting from the Associated Press.