New York City police on Wednesday found a body floating in the Hudson River just north of the George Washington Bridge. Police will determine if it is the body of a college student who jumped off of the bridge after learning two classmates secretly recorded him having sex with a man, and broadcast it over the Internet.
Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi jumped from the bridge last week. A message posted to his Facebook page, dated September 22 at 8:42 p.m. read:
"Jumping off the gw bridge sorry."
Two Rutgers freshmen have been charged with illegally taping the 18-year-old Clementi having sex and broadcasting the images via an Internet chat program. One of the defendants, Dharun Ravi, was Clementi's roommate, Clementi family attorney Paul Mainardi told The Star-Ledger of Newark. The other defendant is Molly Wei. They could face up to five years in prison if they're convicted.
Popular VideoThis young teenage singer was shocked when Keith Urban invited her on stage at his concert. A few moments later, he made her wildest dreams come true.
A Twitter account belonging to a person named "Dharun" was recently deleted, but in a cached version retained through Google he sent a message on Sept. 19:
"Roommate asked for the room till midnight. I went into molly's room and turned on my webcam. I saw him making out with a dude. Yay."
Two days later, he wrote on Twitter:
"Anyone with iChat, I dare you to video chat me between the hours of 9:30 and 12. Yes it's happening again."
Popular VideoThis young teenage singer was shocked when Keith Urban invited her on stage at his concert. A few moments later, he made her wildest dreams come true:
Clementi's driver's license and Rutgers ID were found in a wallet left on the bridge after two witnesses saw someone jump from it, a law enforcement official told the Associated Press.
Mainardi issued a statement Wednesday confirming Clementi's suicide.
"Tyler was a fine young man, and a distinguished musician," Mainardi said. "The family is heartbroken beyond words."