An update to the story of Jaheem Herrera, the 11-year-old Georgia boy who committed suicide after months of harassment and anti-gay bullying. As well-wishers attended a vigil to remember the fifth grader, new reports suggest the little boy was repeatedly called "gay" hours before taking his life.
Jaheem's sister, Yeiralis Herrera, says she witnessed cruelty toward her brother "more than a dozen times" including his last day. The 11-year-old tells WSB-TV: "They called him gay and I defended him. ... On the day he died, they called him gay. He was quiet. He didn't eat his lunch or anything."
That same day, Alice Brown, mother of Jaheem’s 10-year-old classmate A.J. Brown, tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "Jaheem asked if anyone would miss him if he wasn’t here. A.J. told him ‘He was his friend and he would miss him.’ "
Alice Brown and Masika Bermudez, the boy's mother, says they both "they repeatedly complained about the harassment" to the DeKalb County Schools but "nothing" was done. Masika Bermudez has now hired an attorney, the AJC reports.
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