A memorial service for Aaron Swartz, the internet activist and early Reddit-founder who committed suicide last week, will be held at Cooper Union today, as friends and family members continue to probe what drove the 26-year-old to his death. Swartz's girlfriend, Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, gave an interview with the Daily Mail this week recounting how she found Swartz dead in their Crown Heights apartment, and discussing the events leading up to his death.

Like his family members, Stinebrickner-Kauffman blamed harassment by federal prosecutors, who were charging Swartz with 13 felonies for allegedly stealing JSTOR documents from MIT to distribute freely online, for his suicide. "I know a lot of people have said that he suffered from depression before. Honestly when I was dating him I never thought that he was depressed," Stinebrickner-Kauffman, who says she and Swartz spent their last night together at Spitzer's Corner on the Lower East Side, told the Daily Mail. "‘I am absolutely confident that this was triggered by the case." And Swartz's father echoed that sentiment at Swartz's funeral in Highland Park, Ill this week, saying, "He was killed by the government and MIT betrayed all of its basic principles."

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, who headed Swartz's case put out a statement denying claims that her team had overstepped any bounds in their prosecution. "I know that there is little I can say to abate the anger felt by those who believe that this office’s prosecution of Mr. Swartz was unwarranted and somehow led to the tragic result of him taking his own life," Ortiz said. "At no time did this office ever seek — or ever tell Mr. Swartz’s attorneys that it intended to see — maximum penalties under the law," she said.

But Lawrence Lessig, a professor at Harvard Law School and one of Swarz's friends and mentors, has criticized her statement, calling it a political move that failed to uncover the real problem with the prosecution's actions. "Ortiz’s statement is a template for all that is awful in what we as a political culture have become," he wrote on his blog. "And it pushes me—me, the most conventional, wanting-to-believe-in-all-things-patriotic, former teenage Republican from the home of Little League baseball—to a place far more radical than I ever want to be." Meanwhile, Swarz's New York friends, including Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing, will speak about his life at The Great Hall of The Cooper Union at 4 p.m. this afternoon: RSVP here if you would like to attend.