Thursday, September 30, 2010

Brody's Notes... ABCNews Reports: Rutgers, Friends and Family of Tyler Clementi Mourn Suicide

Tyler Clementi   Family Photo
By Mark Singer (Washington DC) SEPT 30 | ABCNews correspondents Linsey Davis and Emily Friedman reported today that friends of the Rutgers University freshman who leaped to his death from the George Washington Bridge, after his roommate allegedly secretly filmed him during a "sexual encounter" in his dorm room and posted it live on the Internet, are mourning the loss of Tyler Clementi who they say was an outstanding violinist with a big heart.
In an e-mail to ABCNews, longtime friend of Tyler Clementi, Christina Guentert wrote:
"Tyler was a remarkable person in many ways; he was always kind, generous, sweet, and loyal. He always had a smile on his face, and would joke around with me during class even on bad days," wrote Guentert, who went to school with Clementi for seven years in Ridgewood, N.J. "Tyler came off as innocent and sweet; the kind of person that you could rely on and go to for anything."
Clementi, who was awarded a music scholarship to Rutgers from his high school, was enrolled in the University's music program and was accomplished violinist.
"Not only was Tyler incredibly intelligent, but he was an amazing violin player," said Guentert. "He stood out at every school concert, and never seemed to get nervous. The music really came from his heart."
Clementi's last post on his Facebook page, dated Sept. 22 at 8:42 p.m. read, "Jumping off the gw bridge sorry."