A 15-year-old bullied gay teen died this weekend. Jadin was taken to hospital in Oregon earlier this month after he hanged himself on a playground at an elementary school. A close family friend, said the teen had complained of homophobic bullying a week before and had talked to a counsellor at his local high school. “He was different, and they tend to pick on the different ones,” he said.

Jadin was a sophomore, and a member of the cheerleading squad. “If someone was down and out he would walk into a room and say a couple quick words and everybody would just forget about their problems and smile, he just had a gift.”

More than 200 people attended a vigil two weeks ago in honour of the boy. After the event, one of Jadin’s friend said: “He is amazingly sensitive. He is an amazing young man who is smart and very social; he has a personal and a presence that you want to be a part of.”