Parents Of Rutgers Teen Touched By Support

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Tributes are pouring in for the Rutgers freshman who killed himself after an intimate moment was streamed over the Internet. The support has not been lost on the young man’s family.

Rutgers students continued to mourn the death of Tyler Clementi with flowers, remembrance books and a ceremonial wearing of black on a day they dubbed “Black Friday,” CBS 2’s John Metaxas reports.

Students were encouraged to leave flowers or mementos at a makeshift memorial for Clementi, who jumped off the George Washington Bridge into the Hudson River last week.

The Rutgers football team also planned a moment of silence before its game Saturday against Tulane.

Clementi’s family is speaking out for the first time, saying that their son’s funeral will be private.

“We ask that our request for privacy in this painful time continue to be respected,” the family said in a written statement,”the outpouring of emotion and support from our friends, community and family — and from across the country — has been humbling and deeply moving. We thank each of you from the bottom of our hearts.”

The family also thanked law enforcement officials for their efforts and acknowledged the public nature of their tragedy.

“We understand that our family’s personal tragedy presents important legal issues for the country as well as for us. Regardless of legal outcomes, our hope is that our family’s personal tragedy will serve as a call for compassion, empathy and human dignity,” the statement read.

Clementi’s roommate, Dharun Ravi and another freshman, Molly Wei, are charged with invasion of privacy for allegedly taping and streaming Clementi’s intimate rendezvous with another man days before his suicide.

On Friday, New Jersey Sen. Shirley Turner proposed a bill upping the maximum sentence for invasion of privacy from five to 10 years in prison.

On campus, students seem more focused on Clementi.

“I’m not going to the wake or the funeral… I felt like I should wear all black for him today,” junior Stephanie Davies said.

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  1. Jon Singer says:

    Take a look at this video and web site to warn kids about the consequences of bullying:
    http://www.ThinkBeforeUclick.org

  2. Matt H says:

    Stop with all the negative publicity. A bunch of kids were jerks and taped this kid while having sex. Stuff happens in college. It’s only a big deal because the kid decided to take his life. And frankly, I don’t think his sexual preference had anything to do with it. It was a prank that went too far. Stop with all the hype. SHOW SOME POSITIVE THINGS ON THE MEDIA FOR ONCE!

    1. RBB says:

      You’re not serious, right?
      This is not “publicity,” this is a dialogue about a tragic death.
      Do you research about the story and you’ll find it was motivated in
      bias and a desire to shame the deceased. And yeah, death rates as
      “a big deal” in most peoples’ books.

      “Show some positive things on the media for once?” This is LIFE…get over it.

  3. jtorres says:

    They tortured and tormented this “quiet good kid” for their own amusement. This is not the only reason he committed suicide but it is probably the last straw. It’s a shame he couldn’t find comfort enough to dissuade him from this desperate act. These two need to pay for their vicious act. I wonder what they would think if it happend to their sisters or MOTHERS? You think they would find it funny then?

  4. Proud Agnostic says:

    Those 2 philostines should be charged with murder!Convicted!Then sent to a maximum security prison ,those 2 creeps would last a day or two!

  5. Eddie says:

    Im sorry that this happen to this poor human being,I feel for the parents of this child,and hope that this two clowns will live with this for the rest of their sorry ass life,and yes Mr and Mrs Clowns remember you will have kids one day !! and you can explain to them how you took someones life so easy for you to do.Maybe God can find it in his heart to forgive you you MEADHEADS!!!!!

  6. MIKE WHITE says:

    THEY NEED TO GO TO JAIL TO SHOW WHAT THEY DID IS WRONG. ALSO IT MAKE STOP SOMEONE FROM DOING IT AGAIN

  7. CATE says:

    THIS IS EXACTLY WHY PARENTS SHOULD BE MORE UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT OUR FRAGILE YOUTH ARE GOING THROUGH IN THIS DECADE. PEOPLE ARE STILL GOING TO BE IGNORANT AND SOME PEOPLE ARE STILL GOING TO BE WEAK. IT SEEMS TO BE HAVE BEEN A AWFUL JOKE BY POSTING IT THEY BROKE HIS PRIVACY. THEY SHOULD BE PUNISHED FOR THAT. THE YOUNG MAN TOOK HIS OWN LIFE FOR MORE THAN JUST THIS 1 THING. DESPAIR AND DENIAL ARE POWERFUL AND HOPELESSNESS IS THE DEPTH OF IT ALL.

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