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Tyler Clementi
 

 

Tyler Clementi committed suicide Sept. 22, 2010 apparently after discovering that his Rutgers University roommate, Dharun Ravi, and friend Molly Wei, live-streamed Clementi in a sexual encounter with another male student without his knowledge, a lawyer for the Clementi family announced.

 

Clementi's family attorney, Paul Mainardi, said that after learning of the violation of his privacy Clementi jumped off the George Washington Bridge, which connects New Jersey with upper Manhattan. Clementi's car, cell phone and computer were found near the bridge and his wallet was found on a walkway on the bridge.

 

There was reportedly no note at the scene, but ABC News reported that Clementi left a final goodbye on his Facebook page that read "jumping off the gw bridge, sorry."

 

Investigators have not confirmed the suicide because no body has been found, but sources within the investigation told the Star-Ledger that witnesses say they saw him jump.

 

Ravi and Wei were charged with illegally taping Clementi having sex and posting the images on the Internet, after they turned themselves in to the campus police.

 

According to investigators, the first incident happened Sept. 19 when Ravi set up a web cam in the room to capture Clementi and his partner after Clementi asked to have the room alone for a few hours.

 

Ravi allegedly broadcast that encounter but investigators would not say what video site it was posted to.

 

Steven Goldstein, chairman of the gay rights group Garden State Equality, said in a statement Wednesday that his group considers Clementi's death a hate crime.

 

"...We are sickened that anyone in our society, such as the students allegedly responsible for making the surreptitious video, might consider destroying others' lives as a sport," Goldstein said.

 

The accused were classmates at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North in Plainsboro, N.J.
 

LINKS:

CBS News: Tyler Clementi Suicide
NPR News: Student's Suicide is Deadly Reminder of Intolerance
NY Times: Private Moment Made Public, Then a Fatal Jump
Huffington Post: Rutgers Student Commits Suicide
 



Carl J. Walker-Hoover

On April 6, 2009, an 11-year old Massachusetts boy, Carl Walker-Hoover, took his life after enduring constant bullying, including anti-LGBT bullying. Though Carl did not identify as gay, his story is a tragic reminder that anti-LGBT bullying and harassment affects all students.  Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, a junior at New Leadership Charter School in Springfield, hanged himself after enduring bullying at school, including daily taunts of being gay, despite his mother's weekly pleas to the school to address the problem. 


Matthew Shepherd



In 1998, college student Matthew Shepherd was taken from a bar and beaten nearly to death and hung
on a fence in the freezing cold.  He remained in critical condition in the hospital for several days until he died. Four youth, ages 18-22 were charged with first-degree murder.

 


Laurence King

 

 

15-year-old Lawrence King was murdered at school on February 12, 2008. On that morning, Lawrence was in the school’s computer lab with 24 other students. Classmate Brandon McInerney walked into the room with a gun and shot Lawrence in the head, then ran from the building. Police officers caught him a few blocks away. Friends say the reason was his sexual orientation and gender expression. The victim had said publicly that he was gay, classmates said, enduring harassment from a group of schoolmates, including the 14-year-old boy charged in his death.

 


Billy Jack Gaither

 


Billy Jack Gaither, 39, of Sylacauga, Alabama was bludgeoned to death by two men on February 19, 1999, then set on fire with automobile tires because he was gay.

 


Scotty Weaver

 

 

Scotty Weaver, 18 year old from Bay Minette, Alabama was found on July 22, 2004, beaten, strangled, stabbed and brutally burned. His roommates and childhood friend were arrested and charged with the heinous crime.


Danny Overstreet

 


On September 22, 2000, a man looking to "waste some faggots" entered a gay bar in Roanoke, Virginia and opened fire, killing Danny Overstreet, and injuring 6 others.

 


Brandon Teena

 

 

Born Teena Brandon and raised as a girl, he was living as a man known as Brandon Teena in Falls City, Nebraska, when he was murdered at age 21. In December of 1993, two men who discovered his gender raped him. His attackers later shot and killed him after learning Brandon had reported the rape and was to help police in the investigation.  His story is told in the film, "Boys Don't Cry," starring Hilary Swank.

 

 


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