Gay New Mexico Teen Commits Suicide After Being Bullied By Classmates (Video)

A 17-year-old New Mexico teen, who stood up against bullying, wrote an online letter revealing his inner torment – right before attempting to take his own life.


Carlos Vigil, posted a heartbreaking note on Twitter Saturday, saying he was “a loser, a freak, and a fag,” and ended with “I’m free now” — alluding to his subsequent suicide attempt:

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Following his suicide attempt, he was rushed to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, and his family took him off life support early Tuesday morning.


Carlos’ mother Jacqueline Vigil told local news channel KRQE 13 that her son had been bullied since he was 8 years old:

He had this lunchbox, a smiley face lunchbox, and people thought it was the funniest lunchbox ever, and they made fun of him for it. They grabbed it on the school bus and just threw it on the floor and broke it. It’s just little things like that.

Carlos’ father Ray Vigil painted a similar picture of his son’s torment to NBC affiliate KOB-TV:

We found out three years ago that he was going through this stuff and we’ve been trying to help him every day since. We realize he’s been going through it every day since he was in the third grade, that’s a long time for a child to hold that within himself.

Ray Virgil said his son tried to counsel other teens who felt bullied, but couldn’t overcome his own pain:

Carlos wanted to be accepted by all — when he only needed to be accepted by himself.

“American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks tweeted about Vigil’s death:

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Watch News Station KOB’s Report: