July 17, 2013 | 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.

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

2 Comments
  • 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.

  • Jennifer Miller -List

    As much as I am sad you have taken your life because some self centred kids are mean little bastards and have no idea just how great a person you really were and they will never no matter what they do match you in any way as a person, to allow people like these to make the decision for you to consider ending your life is just beyond me but to any other out there who are having the same thoughts and or dealing with people like those who caused this the be you are not worthless a loser or any other name fouls call you yes times may get hard and you may feel the same way but remember there is someone out there for you be it your friends when school is over if not before you will shine…..

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