Rutgers Suicide Linked to Video of Sexual Encounter

Information continues to come to light in the tragic story of Tyler Clementi, an 18 year old Rutgars University student who committed suicide by jumping off of the George Washington Bridge.  Tyler’s roommate, Dharun Ravi, allegedly secretly filmed Tyler during a sexual encounter with an unidentified male and made the video available on the Internet.  Tyler’s body was recovered by authorities who ruled his cause of death as “suicide by drowning and blunt injuries from the impact of the jump from the bridge.”  Ravi and another student, Molly Wei, surrendered to police, and have been charged with invasion of privacy.  If convicted, both Ravi and Wei face up to five years in prison.  CNN Article

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