Yesterday, between 50 and 100 people walked across the George Washington Bridge to pay tribute to Tyler Clementi. Clementi, an 18-year-old Rutgers University freshman, jumped off the bridge last month apparently after discovering his roommate watched webcam video of his sexual encounter and tried to broadcast a second one. Organizer Sommer Sheikh asked for "a moment of silence for Tyler as well as all of those who have lost their lives from bullying," and then said, Let’s all toss a rose in memory of those whose lives have been lost."
The Star-Ledger spoke to one of the walkers, Jim Swimm, who, while walking with a friend, "spotted Clementi’s body in Inwood Hill Park. The body was floating in the Spuyten Duyvil Creek. Swimm said they notified a park ranger and then walked along the water’s edge with the body, keeping track of its movement, until authorities arrived." Swimm said, "It’s emotional closure. I’m strangely and intimately connected with this boy’s death." He also told the Post, "I wish I could say I was shocked, but I'm not. While New York is an incredibly diverse city, hatred is out there all the time."
Clementi's roommate Dharun Ravi and Ravi's friend Molly Weir face invasion of privacy charges; NJ prosecutors are looking at whether hate crime charges also apply.