Freddie Gray’s mother is in the hospital recovering from a suicide attempt. Gloria Darden is a mom still grieving the loss of her son, who died while in police custody back in April. This death of Freddie Gray instantly gained national attention and spawned widespread protests in Baltimore against the police earlier this year.
According to MSN News on October 23, Darden was taken to the hospital to undergo a psychological evaluation and she was treated for superficial wounds from her suicide attempt. The wounds did not require surgery or stitches.
The city of Baltimore agreed to settle the litigation with Gray’s family last month with a $6.4 million settlement. This settlement came after a lengthy investigation into Gray’s death.
USA Today reports police responded to a call at about 9:30 on Wednesday night “for a person needing medical attention.” Darden was transported to a local hospital where she remains today.
Gray’s case flashed across the nation’s headlines back in April when the 25-year-old was arrested in good health, but emerged with a fatal injury out of a police transport van. He was arrested in an area of Baltimore known for violence and drugs, but there was no evidence that Gray had committed a crime.
When he was placed in the police van for transport he was able to walk and talk, say witnesses. It appeared that something transpired during that transport because Gray’s condition was totally different when arriving at the police station. Gray could not talk and he was having trouble breathing.
A week later Gray died in the hospital. The autopsy showed that Gray died from a “severe injury to his spinal cord,” according to a CNN article published back in April. So often in lawsuits after the death of a victim you see the victim’s family receive a settlement totaling in the millions. These settlements come from the many wrongful death suits for a car accidents or in a case such as Grays.
Some may wonder if the money helps at all in the mourning process. Does becoming an overnight millionaire ease the pain from the loss of your loved one? It seems that Gloria Darden’s suicide attempt offers up that answer.
While the protests wane and the news goes onto another story, the victim’s family members are still left with a gaping hole in their souls. And in Darden’s case, it appears she found it was just too hard to live with. Hopefully she can receive the help she needs so this tragedy doesn’t claim another victim.