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Death of top Orlando-area developer Steve Walsh ruled a suicide...

There are 93 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Jul 1, 2008, titled Death of top Orlando-area developer Steve Walsh ruled a suicide.... In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

The death of Winter Park developer and philanthropist Steve Walsh, who was found dead at his home last week, was ruled a suicide, police announced Monday.

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baby boomer

Merritt Island, FL

#1 Jul 1, 2008
So just because nothing was apparently stolen from the house, therefore there was no intruder and in conclusion this was a suicide? A suicide in the backyard where any forensic evidence would easily be washed away by the elements? Have you ever heard of someone committing suicide in their backyard? It all sounds very fishy if you ask me.
Are you crazy

Orlando, FL

#2 Jul 1, 2008
He probably did it in the back yard so the interior of the million dollar home wasn't trashed. Another crazy developer.
WFTV makes it up

Daytona Beach, FL

#3 Jul 1, 2008
Baby boomer must be the "sources" Channel 9 used to exclusively report for 24 hours that Mr. Walsh was murdered. Can anyone believe what those Channel 9 reporters say?
get real

Ormond Beach, FL

#4 Jul 1, 2008
baby boomer wrote:
So just because nothing was apparently stolen from the house, therefore there was no intruder and in conclusion this was a suicide? A suicide in the backyard where any forensic evidence would easily be washed away by the elements? Have you ever heard of someone committing suicide in their backyard? It all sounds very fishy if you ask me.
A suicide in the backyard? Nothing special, it is common. Sure does cut down on the mess inside the house. In their limited capacity at that momment, it makes sense to them.
Fed Up

Greenville, SC

#5 Jul 1, 2008
Why tell a relative but NOT tell the wife? I don't get the theory in that. The wife is his next of kin, his confidant, the one that should before ANYONE else. Give it to the correct person first - she should not be "second" in line for the truth.
That makes as much sense as telling the family of a dying person they that their loved one is dying but not telling the dying person.
People want the facts for themselves - bolognie on second-hand news for critical news.
Father Ted

Orlando, FL

#6 Jul 1, 2008
Fed Up wrote:
Why tell a relative but NOT tell the wife? I don't get the theory in that. The wife is his next of kin, his confidant, the one that should before ANYONE else. Give it to the correct person first - she should not be "second" in line for the truth.
That makes as much sense as telling the family of a dying person they that their loved one is dying but not telling the dying person.
People want the facts for themselves - bolognie on second-hand news for critical news.
Walsh was a practicing Catholic and suicide is a mortal sin. The police withheld detailed information about his death until after the funeral so that Walsh could be buried in consecrated ground. They delayed telling his wife in order to avoid putting her in a morally ambiguous position prior to the actual funeral.
Pat

Melbourne, FL

#7 Jul 1, 2008
Any suicide is very sad. This man was obviously suffering mentally and no one knew. I feel very sorry for his family as they not only have to deal with his death, but also the fact that it was a suicide. I am sure that this will haunt them for a long time to come.
Mr Pink

Palm Bay, FL

#8 Jul 1, 2008
Anyone find it odd that Marshall Vermillion was quoted as saying the development business was not in a downturn??
Peer Review

Apopka, FL

#9 Jul 1, 2008
A mentally confused Catholic; like that's a shocker or breaking news. With the brainwashing that faith does to it's believers, no wonder.
Father Ted wrote:
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Walsh was a practicing Catholic and suicide is a mortal sin. The police withheld detailed information about his death until after the funeral so that Walsh could be buried in consecrated ground. They delayed telling his wife in order to avoid putting her in a morally ambiguous position prior to the actual funeral.
Peer Review

Apopka, FL

#10 Jul 1, 2008
Yes, I mean you just see construction activity everywhere...things are great this week, at the Sentinel. Next, not so much. The week after that, everything will be great again. See the pattern here.
Mr Pink wrote:
Anyone find it odd that Marshall Vermillion was quoted as saying the development business was not in a downturn??
Peer Review

Apopka, FL

#11 Jul 1, 2008
Unless your a follower of David Koresh or waiting for the 'mother ship' to come take you away; suicide is a mortal sin regardless of what religion you follow. News flash, there are other religions out there besides Catholicism.
Father Ted wrote:
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Walsh was a practicing Catholic and suicide is a mortal sin. The police withheld detailed information about his death until after the funeral so that Walsh could be buried in consecrated ground. They delayed telling his wife in order to avoid putting her in a morally ambiguous position prior to the actual funeral.
Gloom and Doom

Silver Spring, MD

#12 Jul 1, 2008
"Suicide"? Hummmmmmm!!!!! Must be a lot more to this story. Why would such a rich dude do that. Was he dying of cancer or HIV? Sure would be nice to know but the Sentinel most likely will do no further investigative reporting. Too bad.
Straight Talk

Orlando, FL

#13 Jul 1, 2008
Father Ted wrote:
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Walsh was a practicing Catholic and suicide is a mortal sin. The police withheld detailed information about his death until after the funeral so that Walsh could be buried in consecrated ground. They delayed telling his wife in order to avoid putting her in a morally ambiguous position prior to the actual funeral.
So, what exactly happens once a person who has commited a "mortal sin" is buried in consecrated ground? Do we dig him up? Did he get one over on the big guy?
CYA

Orlando, FL

#14 Jul 1, 2008
Mr Pink wrote:
Anyone find it odd that Marshall Vermillion was quoted as saying the development business was not in a downturn??
He recently loaned him lots of money. Maybe he was just trying to calm the voices.
Celia McCulty

Denver, CO

#15 Jul 1, 2008
I had an uncle who walked out into his back yard where there were people on either side who saw him put the gun to his head and pull the trigger and fall to the ground. The family believes he did that so people would know he did it himself, it would be over quickly and no one else would be blamed. So yes this does happen.

Since: Apr 08

Brooklyn, New York

#16 Jul 1, 2008
If it was indeed suicide, it did not have to necessarily be because his business was in some sort of trouble or because he was having financial problems personally. Maybe he was just depressed. It happens in all age groups, ehtnicities, and classes. Money doesn't make it go away. My prayers go out to his wife. I can't imagine what she might be going through.
Bossy Gillis

AOL

#17 Jul 1, 2008
I find it strange that they could not determine if the place was ransacked or not, the interior must be a pigsty.
Far and away

Amman, Jordan

#19 Jul 1, 2008
How does a suicide victim pull a trigger of a shotgun to the chest? Its absurd!

Steve Walsh had a network of very close freinds and alot of them. They were all very engaged in every aspect of his life. To say none of them would have recognized some signs is an insult to alot of intelligent people. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, friend and the only thing bigger than this mans wallet was his heart.

There is noway on earth this man took his own life.
JoeBobDonBaker

Orlando, FL

#20 Jul 1, 2008
Didn't know him, but regardless, RIP.
Condolences to everyone who cared about him.
Questioning

Gainesville, FL

#21 Jul 1, 2008
Is it beyond consideration that he accidentally shot himself?

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