A 25-year-old from Georgia who was apparently distraught over President Bush’s re-election shot and killed himself at Ground Zero.
Andrew Veal’s body was found Saturday morning inside the off-limits site, said Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. A shotgun was found nearby, but no suicide note was found, Coleman said.
Newsday, citing a police source it did not identify, reported Sunday that Veal opposed the war in Iraq and was apparently distraught after the election.
Friends said Veal worked in a computer lab at the University of Georgia and was planning to marry.
“I’m absolutely sure it’s a protest,” Mary Anne Mauney, Veal’s supervisor at the lab, told The Daily News. “I don’t know what made him commit suicide, but where he did it was symbolic.”
Police were investigating how Veal entered the former World Trade Center site, which is protected by high fences and owned by the Port Authority.