On Sunday, hundreds of people attended vigils for Tyler Clementi at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and in New York City. Clementi was the 18-year-old Rutgers University freshman who jumped to his death on September 22 off the George Washington Bridge after his roommate secretly recorded and live-streamed his sexual encounter with another man.
The Rutgers vigil was attended by nearly 1000 people and included 30 minutes of silence, reports the Star Ledger. Rutgers University President Richard McCormick called the vigil "an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to the values of civility, dignity, compassion and respect for one another."
"It's been a rough week, but it was a beautiful night of healing and compassion," says Rev. Kevin E. Taylor, the New Brunswwick-based pastor, gay activist and author seen in the above photo. "It was necessary to show the campus and the kids that we're there for them."
At the same time across the Hudson River: New York Gov. David A. Paterson and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is openly lesbian, were the keynote speakers at a rally in Manhattan's Washington Square Park. Paterson vowed to pass legislation against cyberbullying and Quinn urged the crowd to "send a message to those ignorant individuals that they're not in the mainstream."
Two Rutgers students are charged with invasion of privacy after they allegedly activated a webcam in the dorm room and broadcast Tyler Clementi's sexual encounter with another young man. The roommate, 18-year-old Dharun Ravi, and 18-year-old Molly Wei are each charged with two counts of invasion of privacy for the September 19 broadcast. Hate crime charges are now being considered against the Rutgers students.
Watch video from both vigils AFTER THE JUMP ...
PHOTOS: AP and Star Ledger