A New York Police Department officer who was the eighth to take his own life this year and the sixth member of the NYPD to die by suicide since June, posted on social media about losing two friends and his father in the recent weeks before his death.
Johnny Rios, 35, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head at his home on Shoreview Drive in Yonkers, Westchester County, at about 3.50am on Tuesday and his fiancee was reportedly at home at the time.
Rios' Bronx Precinct 50 co-worker Kevin Preiss was one of four NYPD cops to kill themselves in June.
Rios posted two images of the pair on Facebook just a couple of days after the 53-year-old's death.
Johnny Rios, 35, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on Tuesday
Rios had shared images of his Precinct 50 co-worker Kevin Preiss (left) recently
Rios wrote on Facebook: 'I LOST 2 friends in a week. Same time my dad passed'
His introduction on the social media website reads: 'I LOST 2 friends in a week. Same time my dad passed away . . . Guess Lor[d] works in 3s.'
It's unclear what friends Rios refers to but sources told the New York Daily News he was close to Preiss who was found dead inside his Long Island home with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on June 26.
New outlets, citing unnamed sources, reported that Rios left a suicide note, the contents of which have not been made public. A neighbor told the New York Post he got engaged three weeks ago and excitedly showed off the ring before he proposed.
A neighbor said he had moved into the home about three months ago. He shared the place with his partner and her two children - a 17-year-old boy and a little girl aged eight or nine.
The NYPD confirmed the seven-year veteran's apparent suicide on Tuesday morning.
The officer was temporarily assigned to a detail near Yankee Stadium in The Bronx. He was off duty at the time of his death.
'The NYPD suffered another tragedy today with the loss of another officer to suicide,' the department tweeted late Tuesday morning. 'To those who may be facing struggles - Help is always available, you are not alone.'
Preiss (left), 53, was one of