- Posted October 3, 2010 by
New York, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Vigil In NYC Remembers Tyler Clementi, Teen Suicide Victims
- katie, CNN iReport producer
On Sunday night, October 3, as the rain started falling in the city, hundreds gathered in Washington Square Park in New York to hold a vigil remembering Tyler Clementi and other teenage suicide victims.
The vigil was also a rally and call for action to address the growing incidence of gay suicides "as a result of homophobic bullying".
Clementi, an 18 year old freshman at Rutgers University in New Jersey. committed suicide after a roommate used a webcam to broadcast over the internet a sexual encounter between Tyler and another man.
Two Rutgers students, Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei have are initially facing invasion of privacy charges.
The glowlight vigil (candles are prohibited in the square), also had the purpose of sending a message to teenagers in crisis: "You Are Not Alone", "You're Loved". A suicide prevention hotline number was given during the vigil.
Other teenagers remembered in the vigil were Asher Brown 13. Seth Walsh 13, Justin Aaberg 15, Billy Lucas 18 and Raymond Chase 19.
A vigil was also held at the Rutgers campus in New Jersey.
After a moment of silence, the crowd sang "Over the Rainbow"
Photos taken Sunday night, October 3, 2010 in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village.