(Photo: Nigel Shelby)
Nigel Shelby, a 15-year-old student has died by suicide after alleged homophobic bullying, reports Gay Star News.
Shelby took his own life on this past Friday in Hunstville, Alabama. The 9th grade student faced the alleged bullying at his school, Huntsville High School.
Huntsville is also known as “Rocket City” because it has hosted numerous government rocket missions.
Organisers of the Rocket City Pride spoke out against homophobic bullying, reports Gay Star News.
“We are heartbroken over the death of Nigel Shelby, a 15 year old Freshman at Huntsville High School,” Pride organisers wrote on Facebook.
“Nigel took his life because he was bullied for being gay. There are no words that can be said to make sense of this devastating news.”
A GoFundMe page hoped to raise $10,000 to help Shelby’s mother raise money to cover the funeral expenses. Donations exceeded that target and raised more than $14,000 in just two days.