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Missing University of Maryland Student Found Dead

Detectives are investigating the death as a suicide.

Prince George's County Police said they found the body of a missing University of Maryland student Friday night.

David Johnathan Scherr, 20, a Pikesville native, was unresponsive in a 2013 Ford Escape parked in a lot near Route 197 and Route 450, according to Prince George's County Police.

Detectives are investigating the death as a suicide.

Scherr had been missing since Dec. 19.

Evelyn Gonzalez December 30, 2012 at 08:41 PM
It baffles me every time I read of a story of suicide by such a young person?He only lived twenty years of his life?He had so much more yet to come.Not entertaining the thought of a future and the way things change in life.How can they get so focused in the moment to take such a drastic action? I feel for his parents for losing a child this manner. I can't begin to comprehend it.My deepest sympathies
morgan gale December 31, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Several students committed suicide at my small midwestern school during my tenure there. The only hope is for those closest to these kids to reach out. .. to the students and to services already available to students on campus. Someone will likely say they were concerned. .. but didn't know what to do. Your instincts are the best indicator
Polly December 31, 2012 at 10:55 AM
This is just heartbreaking. I had hoped and prayed this would have a better outcome. My thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. So very sad.
Jacqueline January 02, 2013 at 05:01 PM
How can such a young person who had his whole life ahead of him do such an desperate act? It makes me wonder what drives people to do desperate acts. To reach out is 100% the answer. I believe most people are ashamed or not willing to reach out. To the family, may you find some peace.
Lisa J. January 03, 2013 at 12:42 AM
He might have been afraid of 12/21/12, or was severely depressed. If only he had gone to someone for help instead! My condolences to his family.
mrbeatbox January 03, 2013 at 10:42 PM
What kind of classless fuck makes a shitty joke over a suicide. Kid obviously had problems, wasn't the fiscal cliff, 12/21/12, or student loan debt. Geez can't read anything on the Internet without seeing something tasteless immediately after. RIP, my condolences to the family.
ssec1968 January 04, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Young kids commit suicide because they don't have the life experience needed that would tell them that things always get better. If in their eyes their 20 years of life have been difficult, they think that the remaining 60 years will be just as bad.
marie January 04, 2013 at 05:29 PM
my prayers are with you.. the family. I have children and this is devastating. Please know that others care. Our family will be praying for you and your family.
jstamom January 04, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Because they are so coddled and not allowed to see and hear the crappy things that go on in this world. You give them video games to occupy them. When life doesn't turn out to be a video game and reality of the "real world" comes into view they have no coping skills. They can't push a button and turn it off. Turn on the world news at night and dicuss the problems of the world with them. Life is hard they need to be taught comnon sense..no one is born with it. This is happening every minute. It's easier to take yourself out than to deal with it.
Pachingko January 04, 2013 at 08:10 PM
Alot pf parents think the same old think. I am going to give my kid things that I never had. They don't now the meaning of earning things that they want. They expect parents to give them whatever they want because the parents have a job. I've heard this statement.
Jane January 04, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Young adulthood has always been a difficult phase of life for some -- even before video games. Young people have committed suicide for hundreds of years. It isn't fair to blame video games or assume he was coddled unless you knew him personally.
do good January 04, 2013 at 11:03 PM
most times, they are tired of life and living.....
gemmy January 04, 2013 at 11:40 PM
He was probably crying out for help but know one payed attention. Growing up now is more peer pressure may he rip god be with the family.
David M Schneider January 04, 2013 at 11:41 PM
I did and you rejected it
The Opaque Snowflake January 04, 2013 at 11:42 PM
There are dozens of young people growing up in less than middle class homes, in the inner city, without the opportunities that this young college student had. Death is all around them and has been since they were children. Still they learn to cope with the senseless violence that's been imposed on them and perservere....striving and searching for a better day....a better life.....and a better environment. While I sympathize with this young man's family and consider the futility of his death, all too many victims of our society don't garner the sympathy expressed in these comments. Just a thought.......ALL lives are prescious! Is it because we can see the promise in his life, while we ignore the promise and potential of the economically disadvantaged? Just a thought!!
TC January 05, 2013 at 01:56 AM
"These kids today" blah blah blah. Suicide is NOT the appropriate launching point for you to do your old-person rant about walking uphill to school both ways. It is a mental health issue, which is almost always misunderstood, and attitudes like yours only exacerbate it.
L January 05, 2013 at 04:12 PM
It is sad but unfornuately if someone does ultimately want to die anything friends or family say wont make a difference.Even if you get them committed or beg and plead and try to make them feel guilty with you have a lot to live for and we love you etc...If the person wants to die because the pain is too much they will find away...Don't mean to offend. RIP

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