Geneva Man Dies of Self-Inflicted Gunshot at Fabyan Forest Preserve

The 53-year-old called police before the incident on Wednesday. Here's what happened.

A 53-year-old Geneva man is dead after he shot himself in a car parked at the Fabyan Forest Preserve on Wednesday, officials said.

The man was in his car at about 8 a.m. in a parking lot at the Fabyan West Forest Preserve, 1925 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva. He contacted police before the shooting, said Laurie Metanchuk, director of Community Affairs for the Forest Preserve District of Kane County.

"The (Kane County) Coroner's Office indicated that the person died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound," Metanchuk said.

Residents on the nearby Fox River Trail saw police, yellow police tape and a Coroner's Office van in the forest preserve after the shooting occurred.

Further information was not immediately available on this incident.

This is the second death investigation in as many years at the Fabyan Forest Preserve. On April 6, 2011, the body of a 31-year-old Batavia man was found off the east bank of the Fox River near the footbridge in the preserve. No foul play was suspected in the man's death.

See a list of Kane County-area resources addressing sudden death and grief.


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Jeannie Cormier Scown October 21, 2012 at 01:46 PM
suicide crisis line (630) 482-9696. We are living in hard times. The person next to you might look ok, but they may be in crisis. A smile, meeting eyes, a hug, a warm hello might change the path of someone in trouble. Look around, keep an eye out...and for those in crisis, call someone.
Jason October 21, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Wonderful advice. A simple smile really does go a long way.
Jamie Lyn Weaver October 21, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Thanks, what a great reminder for all of us.


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