Harvard University Police Department received a call around 11 a.m. reporting the shooting outside Memorial Church, according to Harvard spokesman John Longbrake.
Police arrived to discover the body of a man with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Longbrake said.
It appeared that he was not affiliated with Harvard, Longbrake said.
The suicide occurred during a Yom Kippur service, which was being held by a Reform minyan, a student-run Jewish community at Harvard.
That being said, I do wonder why he chose to end his life in Harvard Yard. What's the significance? Did he feel so invisible, voiceless, and inconsequential that he thought the only way for him to be seen and heard is to attach the violent end of his life to a well-known institution? I know that most people self-harm to make tangible the pain they feel inside, so was it his way of trying to make people see just how much pain he was in?
I do not know this man who committed suicide, but I do know he deserves peace. I hope that he's found relief wherever he is.