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I just realized I knew the guy that was killed this afternoon in Miami. When the xSO was in treatment, Rigoberto was there too. xSO couldn't get his name right and kept calling him Rico. He had bipolar like the SO and was pretty supportive of him. I see the news reports say he was off his meds. I didn't know his wife, but I had spoken to him several times.

I don't know where xSO is. I imagine living on the streets somewhere. But this is the second time someone I knew with a mental illness was killed because they went off their meds. Another committed what would be considered suicide by cop. It was big news here locally because it was captured on tape by a sheriffs night tape.

I'm glad xSO is gone, but I just wait for the day that the police show up at the door asking me to come identify him or telling me they've found his body somewhere. I was always very greatful the local police department were understanding of his bizarre behavior, but I didn't feel like all the police departments were.

I know the police are doing their job and they have to protect the public and themselves, but it still sucks.

I just feel sick about the whole thing.


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