Bill Meant to Give Closure after Suicides Passes Both VA Houses
One family's fight for closure after their son's suicide could lead to changes in the Virginia code.
After 15-year-old Eric Rash took his own life in early 2011, his parents wanted answers.
"We had absolutely no warning," his father Ricky Rash said. "Eric was a straight-A student, he was well-liked, teachers liked him."
In an effort to determine what led their son to suicide, the family turned to social media. They tried to access his Facebook account online, but found nothing but roadblocks. State and federal law prevented the site from releasing their son's information.
Their fight ultimately led them to Richmond, where the Rash family called on lawmakers to change the law and make it easier for grieving families to find closure. House Bill 1752 allows a personal representative of a deceased minor to assume control of digital assets contained in an online profile.
"When you're searching for answers and you're hurting and you're grieving, you need access, and you need some level of comfort that you've done everything you can to honor your loved one's life," Rash said.
The bill passed through both houses without opposition, and is now on its way to the governor's desk.