Body in Hudson ID'd as Rutgers Freshman

Tyler Clementi is the fourth gay teen suicide in a month
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2010 4:17 PM CDT
This June 2010 photo provided by the Ridgewood Patch shows Tyler Clementi, left, hugging a fellow student during his 2010 graduation from Ridgewood (N.J.) High School.   (AP Photo/Ridgewood Patch, Sam Fran Scavuzzo)

(Newser) – The body pulled from the Hudson River is indeed that of Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi, reports ABC News, and the death has been ruled a suicide. Clementi is the teen who jumped to his death after his roommate allegedly posted a video online of him with another man. His is the fourth suicide of a gay teen in the last month to generate headlines, notes the Opposing Views blog: "Tyler’s story is a sad reminder that the environment for LGBT young people in college isn’t always friendly and welcoming."

Clementi's friends continue to remember him as a friendly, quiet person and talented violinist. "He was one of those kids who never had a girlfriend and never had a boyfriend," says one. "You just thought he wasn't open for dating or anything like that." Meanwhile, a friend of accused roommate Dharun Ravi says he wasn't homophobic. "He's very, very open-minded. If it had been a girl in the room it wouldn't have been any different." (Read more Tyler Clementi stories.)

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