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Virginia seeing record number of suicides

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Virginia's suicide rate is the highest it's been in more than a decade. Virginians are three times more likely to die from suicide than homicide, according to a new report from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

These numbers come as police investigate three unusual deaths in the Richmond area. A man died inside a burning Henrico home on July 18. Sources tell us, it may have been suicide though police are releasing little information.

Virginia State Police confirm Monday's plane crash in Spotsylvania is being investigated as a suicide.

Questions still surround how a car ended up in the James River on Tuesday night. Witnesses say they saw the Honda Accord drive full speed and launch into the water.

According to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, unemployment, relationship problems and lack of access to mental health resources all contribute to suicide.

An airport source tells us pilot Eddie Hassell had a fight with his fiance before the plane went down Monday.

In January of last year, Freddie Dabney III drove his car into the James River. His father says he would have gotten his son psychiatric help but he couldn't afford it.

"If I had some money I would have checked into it," Freddie Dabney, Jr. said. "You're supposed to go before your children do. It's not happening like that now."

Intentional drowning is uncommon. According to that new report, firearms are the most common method of suicide.

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