Rutgers Student Posts Suicide Video Note on Facebook
Suicide notes are common in society these days, but the adaptation of social media has taken a morbid turn. Eighteen-year-old Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi took to the popular website Facebook to post a goodbye suicide-note-like video message on his personal account page.
Clementi, according to local law enforcement, sadly committed suicide last week after jumping off the George Washington Bridge. It is believed his suicide was a result of Clementi’s roommate streaming a video on the internet of Clementi engaging in a homosexual activity that his roommate secretly taped. The video was posted on September 19, 2010 and Rutger’s students Molly Wei and his roommate, Dharun Ravi, have been each charged with invasion of privacy.
The goodbye message posted on September 22, 2010 at 8:42 pm said, “Jumping off the gw bridge sorry.”
Clementi’s driver’s license and college identification card were found on the bridge and local authorities found in the Hudson River an unidentified male body a bit north of the bridge.
“Tyler was a fine young man, and a distinguished musician. The family is heartbroken beyond words. They respectfully request that they be given time to grieve their great loss and that their privacy at this painful time be respected by all,” said Paul Mainardi, the Clementi family’s attorney.
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