WATERVILLE, N.Y. - In November 2018, Jason Pomeroy died by suicide. Friday night, his family held a memorial candlelight vigil for him at Waterville Park.
Friends and loved ones came out to light a candle, and a bench was placed in the park in his memory.
There was coffee and hot chocolate available for those who attended to enjoy, and some guest speakers.
Jason's parents say they are thrilled with the amount of people who came out to the vigil to remember their child.
“We’re taking the time to remember all the great times that we had with her. She just turned 16. Ten days after her birthday last year, she tragically decided to take her life, and we have been dealing with it ever since. But we try to be as positive as we can and honor her with our greatness and tonight we are doing that purposely, so we’re bringing everybody out tonight to have a nice candlelight vigil,” said John Pomeroy.
"I feel a lot of love and a lot of hope today. A lot of friends came out to support this today and it’s really important that if we can save another life as far as if somebody is suffering today and they want to take their life we want to try and prevent that,” said Amber Usyk.
About 100 people attended the vigil.
Pomeroy was a trans male. Family members refer to him as Jenna, but he called himself Jason, which is the name friends and classmates use. This article has been updated to reflect that information.