Kasey Shea was an incredible cook, avid Buffalo sports fan, and one of the top dart players in the city. She also struggled with depression, chronic Lyme disease, and, in the last few months of her life, a series of migraine headaches.
She died by suicide last year, several hours after cooking her family a New Year's Day feast. She was 24.
"When a person takes their life, it's like they pull the pin on a hand grenade while they're in the middle of a circle of all of the people who know them. The shrapnel lands on everybody," said her mother Kathleen Gaffney Shea, former artistic director at Studio Arena. "Your heart shatters. Your life shatters."