HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Two scientists whose daughter was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School are being honored by the Yale School of Medicine for their advocacy for brain health.

Jeremy Richman and Jennifer Hensel are receiving an award Saturday from the school’s psychiatry department.

The couple’s 6-year-old daughter, Avielle, was among 20 children and six educators killed inside the Newtown school by a troubled, socially isolated gunman with a semi-automatic rifle in 2012.

The Avielle Foundation was created within months of the shooting with the goal of reducing violence.

John Krystal is chairman of the psychiatry department at the Yale University School of Medicine and an adviser to the foundation. He says it has played an important role in raising awareness of gaps in the understanding of causes and treatments for violent behavior.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.



Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s