Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Clementi Family Visits Site of Suicide

The family of the Rutgers University student whose suicide sparked a national conversation about the treatment of young gay people paid their first visit Sunday to the bridge where he took his life.

Tyler Clementi
Tyler Clementi (Facebook)

Members of Tyler Clementi’s family crossed The George Washington Bridge to New York City to help raise awareness about the dangers of bullying.

Clementi’s mother, Jane, and brother, James, linked arms and walked with Ronnie Kroell and Elliot Dal Pra London, co-founders of The Friend Movement, who had walked from Chicago to New Jersey in Tyler’s memory as part of a bullying awareness campaign. More than 50 others, wearing purple or sporting purple ribbons, joined them to cross the span that connects Fort Lee, N.J., to upper Manhattan.

The 18-year-old Rutgers freshman jumped to his death in 2010 after finding out his roommate had used a webcam to spy on him kissing a man in their dorm room.

His roommate, Dharun Ravi, spent 20 days in jail after being convicted of bias intimidation, invasion of privacy and witness tampering. He’s appealing.

Ravi was not charged with causing Clementi’s death, but the Clementi family has said they believe Ravi’s behavior was a factor, especially in light of tweets he sent that were part of the case against him.

Clementi’s mother told The Star-Ledger of Newark that Sunday’s visit to the scene of her son’s death was a painful one.

“Obviously, it’s a symbol of great sadness for me and my family but it is also a symbol that we can have hope,” Jane Clementi said. “Just looking around and seeing all the support we have, that’s what everyone has. Everyone has that support. We have to just look to that and reach out to that.”

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved)

Best of the Web


Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://nj1015.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!