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12/8/11

Friends say classmate killed self after bullying on sexuality


ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. -

A candlelight vigil will be held Thursday night in Ashland City for a teen who took his own life.

Jacob Rogers, an 18-year-old senior at Cheatham County Central High School, died Wednesday.

Maria Zamudio's daughter Maricela was one of Rogers' best friends. She told Nashville's News 2 the teen was bullied by many throughout his days of high school.

Zamudio added her daughter is heartbroken over the loss of her friend and "inconsolable."

Cheatham County school leaders told The Tennessean Thursday they were aware of one incident of bullying involving Rogers and the students involved were warned.

Friends say that kids bullied Jacob Rogers at Cheatham County Central High School for the past four years, but in the past few months it had become so bad he dropped out of school.

And Wednesday, he ended his life.

"He started coming home his senior year saying 'I don't want to go back. Everyone is so mean. They call me a fag, they call me gay, a queer,'" friend Kaelynn Mooningham said

Jacob Rogers' sexuality is not known.

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