Thursday, September 30, 2010

Brody's Notes... Rutgers Student's Body Recovered BY NYPD-- NJ Governor Calls Suicide Unspeakable Tragedy

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) Photo By Star Ledger
By Brody Levesque (Washington DC) SEPT 30 | A spokesman for the New York City Police Department confirmed that the body recovered today from the Hudson River, was that of 18 year old Tyler Clementi of Ridgewood, New Jersey. Clementi's automobile with his identification, cell phone, and other personal property were recovered from the George Washington Bridge shortly after several witnesses reported seeing a man jump from the bridge to the NYPD last Wednesday, September 22nd.
Clementi leapt to his death three days after he discovered that his college roommate had secretly webcast him and another unidentified male Rutgers student having sex on the Internet. 
Ellen Borakova, spokeswoman for the New York City Medical Examiner's office told reporters that Clementi's death was ruled a suicide, with cause of death drowning coupled with blunt impact internal injuries.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, speaking to journalists hours after the Rutgers student's body was pulled from the Hudson, called the situation "unspeakable tragedy." The Governor went on to say:
"As the father of a 17-year-old…I can't imagine what those parents are feeling today, I can't. You send your son to school to get an education with great hopes and aspirations, and I can't imagine what those parents are feeling today," he said. "There might be some people who can take that type of treatment and deal with it, and there might be others, as this young man obviously was, who was much more greatly affected by it," Christie said. "I have to tell you, I don't know how those two folks are going to sleep at night, knowing that they contributed to driving that young man to that alternative."