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GWB Marchers Drop Roses for Clementi

GWB Marchers Drop Roses for Clementi


Marchers walked halfway across the George Washington Bridge on Saturday and stopped to drop roses into the Hudson River for Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers University student who took his own life by jumping from the bridge last month after his roommate secretly filmed his private encounter with another man.

According to the The Star-Ledger, "The march drew about 75 people, including gay men from Manhattan and suburban mothers alike, most of whom had never met the Rutgers freshman from Ridgewood. The organizers did not explicitly mention Clementi's sexuality, instead calling for an end to bullying for any reason."

The marchers included Jim Swimm, a gay New York City resident who found Clementi's body floating in the Hudson River on September 29.

Clementi, an18-year-old from Ridgewood, N.J., committed suicide after his roommate Dharun Ravi secretly filmed him in a private encounter with another man and broadcast it on the Internet. Ravi and another Rutgers student, Molly Wei, have been charged with invasion of privacy in the incident.

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