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Clementi Vigils Held in N.J., N.Y.

Clementi Vigils Held in N.J., N.Y.


Mourners gathered Sunday night in New Jersey and New York to remember Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers University freshman who killed himself after two students secretly streamed his sexual encounter with another man live over the Internet.

According to the Star-Ledger, hundreds of mourners gathered at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, where they struggled to keep candles lit under the rain. Brief speeches were followed by 30 minutes of silence for Clementi, who jumped off the George Washington Bridge on September 22, three days after roommate Dharun Ravi accessed a hidden camera from the dorm room of Molly Wei to transmit images of him and another man. Ravi and Wei face invasion of privacy charges and possible prosecution for a hate crime.

"The handful of speakers who addressed the crowd stressed the need to understand diversity," the Star-Ledger reported.

In New York City a vigil was held for Clementi in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village. Participants included Gov. David Paterson, city council speaker Christine Quinn, Cheyenne Jackson, and Kyra Sedgwick.

Governor Paterson, whose term ends this year, vowed to pass legislation against cyber bullying, according to the New York Daily News.

"I know how it is, as do so many of you, to be singled out for persecution for nothing more than being who you were born as," said Paterson, who is blind.

Watch video from the Star-Ledger of Rutgers events in memory of Clementi.

Tyler Clementi honored at two Rutgers events
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