Williamsville, N.Y. (WKBW) - Jamey Rodemeyer, 14, was found dead in an apparent suicide over the weekend. Now, family and friends said bullying is to blame.
Jamey's parents said he suffered years of abuse as he struggled with his sexuality. They said he had suicidal thoughts since he was in fifth grade when the other kids began to pick on him. Now, police say those teens could face charges. They are stepping up their investigation into who was part of the bullying that drove Jamey to end his life.
Jamey spoke out on line through the years, especially on his "Formspring" account. In response to his anti-hate postings, he received a lot of hate messages, all from anonymous sources.
According to the Buffalo News, people had this to say.
"Kill yourself, you have nothing left," anonymous blogger.
The taunting didn't stop there.
"Listen to us, you're a bad person, you don't belong here, jump off a bridge or something," another person said online.
Through this terrible abuse, Jamey did have support from his family and friends.
"All of Jamey's friends were there for him. They seen the struggle he went through every day so they went to the guidance counselors," Jamey's parents Tracy and Tim Rodemeyer said.
In May, Jamey posted a video to YouTube, which had a positive message that things do get better. This was all part of a speak your mind campaign spearheaded by Jamey's favorite singer Lady Gaga.
Gaga also spoke out about Jamey's death saying that bullying is a hate crime. She promises fans to meet with President Obama, hoping to make bullying illegal.
A candlelight vigil and march in memory of Jamey is scheduled for Sunday night at 8 p.m. It will star on the east end of Allentown and go down Main Street to Club Marcella. At the club, there will be a fundraiser for his family. Donations can be made at any Bank of America branch in care of "Friends of Jamey Rodemeyer".