Vanessa Fernandes and her son Armande Patel are about to talk for the first time about what their family went through in 2015. They sit at a conference room table, tucked away on the first floor of a shopping mall where Fernandes is an executive at a major retail store. Her son is in college, studying finance.
That year, Fernandes’ husband Shane Jackson gave her some life-changing news. His daughter — her stepdaughter — had died by suicide.