Wife, mother of 2 marks second suicide in Livingston this year


    Angie Connelly's death marks the second suicide in Livingston in January of 2019. (Photo: NBC Montana)

    In Montana, the suicide rate continues to be one of the highest in the nation, with some communities hit harder than others.

    In Livingston, two suicides were recorded by the Park County Coroner's Office, where it has one of the highest suicide rates in the state per capita.

    Peter Connelly, 45, says he now only remembers the good in his wife Angelica Jnani “Angie” Connelly.

    "She had a glow, like when she walked into the room, the room would light up," he said.

    "She was funny, she was just fun, and she was just a great partner," he added.

    On Jan. 13, she took her life just two days away from her birthday, leaving Connelly and two daughters ages 10 and 16 behind.

    Connelly's marks the second suicide in the small, tight-knit town of Livingston in this year alone.

    The Park County Coroner’s office reports seven suicides in 2018 and 10 in 2017.

    Connelly says in Angie's case, it was a mix of things.

    "I think addiction and depression and mental illness all triangulate, but I don't think one stops and the other begins -- I think they all bleed over," he said.

    Connelly says even though the warning signs had been there, it's difficult to know just when someone might take their life.

    Still, he says there is one thing you can do: "If you see those warning signs you just have to let that person know that they're loved and what they think is their last option, their last escape from this world is not an option," he said.

    Now Connelly tells his daughters they'll get through this together, and he's decided to keep the business he shared with his late wife in Livingston, Shorn, where they sell alpaca and bison products.

    He credits the community with helping them look toward the future.

    "On one side everything is completely insane and off-balance and chaos and someone's gone, and on the other side the community is standing right behind you," he said.

    A GoFundMe page was set up for the Connelly family.

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