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Waterville community remembers transgender teen

A community comes together to remember a transgender teen who died by suicide earlier in the week.

Posted: Nov. 16, 2018 11:26 PM

WATERVILLE- Friends, family and teachers gathered at a park in Waterville on Friday night to remember Jason Pomeroy, who died by suicide.

Pomeroy was 16 years old. Friends described him as a well-rounded person who liked to sing. They also told NEWSChannel 2 some of the things they'll miss about him. "I'm probably going to miss soccer,  sitting on the bench and all of our band trips together, and New York City we gave a hobo money," said a good friend, Kennidy Vanhoeven.

We asked his friend Cory Hagmann about his acceptance in school and he said, "no, no, no". He added, "Everyone should remember that he died as the name of Jason, he wanted wanted to be Jason, not Jenna."

Pomeroy's parents were also there, and his grandmother spoke on their behalf thanking the community for all the support.

Here is information about the Q Center who helps the local LGBTQ community.  http://acrhealth.org/youth/q2-utica?fbclid=IwAR2myiwnM5s1SaDfhI6lByfY-R9N2XuZS6yF8vxiiqFh_AUL9HnaPD6N7tc

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