Vigil held in Wilmington for transgender teen

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A transgender teen’s death has sparked a national outcry.

Here in Wilmington, a candlelight vigil honored 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn. The Ohio teen committed suicide last Sunday.

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In her suicide note posted online, she claimed that the reason for her death was due to bullying not just at school but also by her own parents who she says were not supportive of Leelah’s lifestyle.

Locals gathered together to mourn and to talk about ways in which society needs to make a change.

“I think that teaching acceptance and tolerance would go a long way in creating this from happening for not only LGBT youth but for any youth.” said Ryan Burris. “Bullying does not discriminate, it is not something only the LGBT community deals with.”

Burris, the Chair of Cape Fear Equality, helped organize the vigil.

Supporters read Alcorn’s suicide letter together and held a moment of silence.