Family Visits Site of Rutgers Student's Suicide

Tyler Clementi's parents and brother traveled to the George Washington Bridge Sunday to help raise awareness about the dangers of bullying

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013  |  Updated 10:07 AM EDT
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Family Visits Site of Rutgers Student's Suicide

Rutgers student Tyler Clementi

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The family of the Rutgers University student who killed himself after his roommate used a webcam to see him kissing a man visited the scene of his suicide.
 
Tyler Clementi's parents and brother traveled to the George Washington Bridge on Sunday to help raise awareness about the dangers of bullying.

"It was very difficult," said Jane Clementi, his mother. "Obviously it's a symbol of great sadness for me and my family but it's also a symbol that we can have hope."
 
They met with members of a group called The Friend Movement who walked 921 miles from Chicago to the George Washington Bridge in Clementi's memory.

"Tyler Clementi took his life as a result of being cyber bullied so today is really about celebrating Tyler," said Ronny Kroll, a cofounder of The Friend Movement.

The 18-year-old committed suicide in 2010, soon after starting college. His death sparked a national conversation about the treatment of young gays.

When the walkers completed their journey in Washington Heights they decorated a tree with purple ribbons, symbols of anti-bullying to comfort people who are feeling despair. 
 
His roommate served less than a month in jail after he was convicted of invasion of privacy, bias intimidation and other counts. He's appealing his conviction.

--Sheldon Dutes contributed reporting

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