Williamsville (WKBW) Sunday was a sad night for many, but it was a night filled with purpose. The purpose was to make sure what happened to Jamey Rodemeyer never happens again. While he is gone, he will never be forgotten, in the hearts and minds of millions of people from WNY and across the world.
Hundreds gathered at Williamsville North High School to remember Jamey Rodemeyer, the 14 year old teen who took his own life after being bullied for years.
Jamey's sister spoke heavy words through teary eyes, remembering her brother.
In downtown Buffalo, thousands gathered in memory of Jamey. They marched in remembrance and advocated for change.
Among those marching was Mayor Byron Brown, activist Kitty Lambert-Brown, and many other local group representatives.
Jamey became an anti-bullying advocate before his death, and now his message remains strong in the community he left behind.
The downtown vigil marched from Allen St. down to Main St. in Buffalo. It ended at Club Marcella, and was a fundraiser to benefit Jamey's family.
In speaking with family and friends, the one message they say Jamey would want everyone to know is that, in the words of pop star Lady Gaga, "you were born this way."
Singing sensation Lady Gaga offered a tribute to Jamey at a show in Las Vegas over the weekend.
To see more from both vigils, click on the video above.