(L.A.) Akito Kato, 14, Ended His Life

Case Number: 2024-00102

Los Angeles County is reporting the death of a 14-year-old Asian male that occurred in a parking lot.

The coroner’s office has identified the young teen as Akito Kato.

Manner of Death: Suicide

Cause of Death A: Asphyxia

Cause of Death B: Hanging

Other Significant Condition: History of Depression

RIP AKITO KATO (February 6, 2009 – January 2, 2024)

Formal pronouncement of death was made on Tuesday at 4:57 p.m.

The decedent’s name appears to be Japanese.

In 2023, L.A. County’s Department of Medical Examiner released the names of three 14-year-olds who the government investigators concluded had committed suicide. One girl chose hanging, a boy shot himself in the head, and the third was a girl who intentionally overdosed on pain pills.

There was a 13-year-old girl who hanged herself, at home. And there was a 13-year-old boy who threw himself into the path of train.

There were also three 12-year-old girls who, separately, took their own lives in 2023.

These cases are just in L.A. County. We do not cover Riverside, San Bernardino or Orange County.

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