Carlos Vigil
Someone Being Bullied
Male | Albuquerque, NM   United States
Bullied teen takes his life
Bullying Type: Emotional
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7/17/13 11:33 AM
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A New Mexico teen who stood up against bullying wrote an online letter revealing his inner torment — right before his death.

Carlos Vigil, 17, posted a heartbreaking note on Twitter on Saturday that he was “a loser, a freak, and a fag,” and ended with “I’m free now” — alluding to his suicide attempt.

He was rushed to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, and his family took him off life support early Tuesday morning.

Vigil’s sudden death shocked his friends and family, who recognized he was being bullied at school but never imagined the depths of his anguish.

“It’s an eye-opener that it can happen to anybody. The people we think are the most confident can also be the ones who are hurting the most,” said friend Eddie Vargas, sports director of Albuquerque youth arts and entertainment center Warehouse 508, which Vigil helped to get off the ground.

“Some of the youth noted that he was their pillar, so to see something like that happen took us by surprise,” Vargas told the Daily News.

Vigil’s father said his politically-minded son had just returned from a trip to North Carolina where he was helping to lobby for an anti-bullying bill there.

“We found out three years ago that he was going through this stuff and we’ve been trying to help him every day since,” Ray Vigil told NBC affiliate KOB-TV. “We realize he’s been going through it every day since he was in the third grade — that’s a long time for a child to hold that within himself.”

Vigil, who was set to enter his senior year, had switched high schools last year to escape the ridicule from classmates, his parents said.

He had been teased for being gay, as well as his weight, his acne and having a lazy eye, the family said.

Mom Jacqueline Vigil said she remembers her son’s struggles from a young age.

“He had this lunch box, a smiley face lunch box, and people thought it was the funniest lunchbox ever, and they made fun of him for it,” she told CBS affiliate KRQE. “They grabbed it on the school bus and just threw it on the floor and broke it. It’s just little things like that.”

In his Twitter post, Vigil seemed to cast himself as the person to blame and asked that people “don’t ever feel sorry” for him.

Warehouse 508 invited grief counselors to talk with the youth about what happened.

Vargas said the organization plans to honor the teen.

His story has attracted attention from celebrities, including “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks.

Ray Virgil said his son tried to counsel other teens who felt bullied, but couldn’t overcome his own pain.

“Carlos wanted to be accepted by all — when he only needed to be accepted by himself,” he said.

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Posted By: KristensKitten | 7/18/13 10:28 AM
That is tragic that he didn't talk to someone who could have helped hime before he took his own life. I feel sorry for his friends and family.
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