Blame the messenger if you like, but if this isn’t a sign of the times, I don’t know what is. Story everywhere, this version from the New York Post:
It was a fatal blow struck from cyberspace.
A shy Rutgers freshman was so humiliated when two cruel classmates secretly streamed live video of his gay encounter that he leaped to his death from the George Washington Bridge, authorities said yesterday.
“Jumping off the gw bridge sorry,” Tyler Clementi, 18, posted on his Facebook page just eight minutes before his plunge at around 8:50 p.m. on Sept. 22.
Clementi’s suicide led to a swift criminal probe and the arrest of his roommate, Dharun Ravi, and a fellow freshman, Molly Wei, for their alleged vile voyeurism.
NYPD Harbor Unit cops yesterday pulled the body of a young man from the waters off Manhattan’s northern tip — and cops suspect it was that of Clementi, a quiet, highly talented violinist from Ridgewood, NJ.
Authorities hoped that a watch found on his wrist would help identify him. Last night, NYPD detectives visited the teen’s parents, who were apparently unaware that their son was gay.
Robert Righthand, who had been friends with Clementi since grade school, said his pal had been holding that in.
“I can tell you that whatever state he was in, he had it in reserve for a very long time,” Righthand said while choking back tears.
“You never thought he was depressed. You just thought he was quiet. He wasn’t the person to open up to a lot of people.”
The tragedy was set in motion on Sept. 19 in Davidson Hall on Rutgers’ idyllic Piscataway campus, where Clementi and his alleged tormentors, Ravi and Wei, started school a month ago…
[continues in the New York Post]
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