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Suicide at Alsancak Peace Monument

26 October 2012

Mehmet Yilmaz, a 56 year old boat mechanic, was found dead in his car yesterday afternoon.

The vehicle was found in the parking area of the Peace Monument near Alsancak and it is suspected that the man took a lethal dose of agricultural pesticide.

Mr Yilmaz was originally from Turkey and has been living in the Alsancak area with his 15 year old son
for nearly 15 years. He is reported to have left a nine page letter, part of which explains that he
was stressed by being unable to repay a credit card balance of several thousand TL.

Suicide is rare on the island although in February, a 41 year old man killed himself in the village of Balikesir.

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