July 17, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Bullied N.M. teen commits suicide
LOS LUNAS, N.M. — A New Mexico teenager who spoke out against bullying took his own life last weekend in a suicide.
Albuquerque television station KOAT reported on July 15 that Carlos Vigil, a Los Lunas High School student, wrote on his Twitter account on July 13 before he committed suicide that his classmates had used anti-gay slurs against him. Friends of Vigil, 17, told the media outlet he had just returned from New Mexico after speaking at an anti-bullying event in another state.
“He is not here because of bullying,” Vigil’s mother, Jacqueline Vigil, told KRQE, another Albuquerque television station.
Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael
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