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Rutgers' Tyler Clementi Kills Self, was Taped Having Gay Sex

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

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.

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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."

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."