Hundreds Mourn Suicide Victim

Monday, October 4, 2010 - 2:52pm

Anti-gay bullying blamed for pushing California teen to kill himself.

Hundreds of community members packed the First Baptist Church in Tehachapi, California Friday to celebrate the short life of Seth Walsh, the Tehachapi teen who took his own life following years of relentless bullying.

"I think they should have a lot of remorse," the boy's grandfather, Jim Walsh said of the teens who teased Seth. "Personally, I think charges should be filed."

Seth was 13.

His family described him as loyal and kind.

They said they will never forget his smile.

"He was my big brother, the best brother in the world," said Shawn Walsh, Seth's younger brother. "I just wish people were nicer to him."

Seth was bullied at school over the years for his sexual orientation.

Friends said he was openly gay.

The family vowed to become advocates for tolerance in the community.

"We will unite with others and be advocates in honor of Seth," said Jaime Phillips a family friend.

At Friday's memorial, friends said Seth made an impact on the lives he touched.

The pastor spoke for emotional family members who said they are thankful for the time they had with Seth.

The family said they hope Seth's death may help another struggling with their emotions.

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