July 17, 2013 at 5:00 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Bullied N.M. teen commits suicide
Carlos Vigil, Suicide, Gay News, Washington Blade.

The final message written by Carlos Vigil, before the 17 year old, Los Lunas, N.M. boy committed suicide. (Screen shot via Twitter)

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.

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  • This is heartbreaking and as much as a lot of us push forward there will be those that try to bring us down. Sending love and light to his family right now.

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