"He was sunshine. He was just a great spirit to have around and it just breaks my heart because I feel like he had so much more love to give.”
The 15-year-old high school student, Nigel Shelby, who died by suicide after his mother says he was bullied by students for being gay, was laid to rest in a customized rainbow casket this past Sunday reports LGBTQ Nation.
The community helped the family via a crowdsourcing page which has raised nearly $40,000 thus far.
Attendees at Shelby's services wore rainbow colors and other clothing with anti-bullying messages. His casket displayed his face and name.
His mother spoke to a local news station for the first time last week and said Shelby was special and the sweetest child. "He was outgoing, he was always full of joy, full of light, he was always singing, always dancing. He wanted to be a performer so you could probably see that."
But she doesn't want the world to just remember him as the young man who was bullied for being gay and took his own life.
“He was so much more than that," she said. "He was sunshine. He was just a great spirit to have around and it just breaks my heart because I feel like he had so much more love to give.”
If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or suicidal, contact The Trevor Project’s TrevorLifeline 24/7/365 at 1-866-488-7386. Counseling is also available 24/7/365 via chat everyday at TheTrevorProject.org/help or by texting 678-678.
Locally you can contact The San Diego LGBT Community Center at (619) 692-2077 for more support and resources.