The family of a Texas teen who committed suicide said the Mission high school senior despaired that he would not get into college because he was in the country illegally, according to various news accounts. The family has said he was brought to the U.S. from Mexico when he was six months old. His suicide note apparently says he was despondent over his immigration status and lack of passage of the DREAM Act. However, Texas allows illegal immigrant students to attend state colleges and pay in-state tuition rates if they have lived here three years, graduate from a Texas high school, and work toward citizenship. A Texas TV station that interviewed the family of Joaquin Luna reports that the teen had good grades and wanted to be an engineer. -- Lois Norder
Actor Andrew Koenig, best known for portraying "Boner" on the 1980s shot "Growing Pains," and for the being the son of orginal "Star Trek" cast member Walter Koenig, was found dead after having been missing for two weeks in Vancouver, Britich Columbia.
At a press conference, Walter Koenig said his 41-year-old son took his own life.
Andrew Koenig's body was found by a police search team on the "bridal path" in Stanley Park, one of the largest urban parks in North America, Fox News reported.
You may recall the story of the census worker whose nude body was found hanging Sept. 12 from a tree in Kentucky with the word "fed" written across his chest.
At the time, it appeared to be a homicide and the case made national headlines.
Authorities announced Tuesday that the census worker, Bill Sparkman, 51, killed himself and staged his suicide to look like a homicide. They said Sparkman, who had cancer, recently took out two life insurance policies that would not have paid in case of suicide.
The death of Thomas Hickman of Richland Hills (right) last winter in a New Mexico desert had police puzzled.
It appeared to be a murder. But was it? The clues led police to a conclusion straight out of Hollywood -- CSI, to be exact. Season Four, Episode 3. "Homebodies," if you're interesting in pulling out that DVD box set of Season Four.
In that episode the character Frank Maddox -- played by the great character actor M.C. Gainey -- dispatches himself in a particularly imaginative way. It's got something to do with balloons.
And it was balloons that led New Mexico investigators to a solution in the death of Thomas A. Hickman, 55, the Richland Hills businessman.