Vigil held for 12-year-old who hanged himself | News
SPRING HILL, Florida - Dozens of people gathered Friday night for a candlelight vigil for 12-year-old Miguel Rodriguez. The boy hanged himself at his home last week.
Friends and family members said he was being bullied at his school, West Hernando Middle.
Many showed up at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill wearing purple, Miguel's favorite color. Loved ones wrote messages on a board to the boy, prayed, lit candles, and also released balloons in his honor.
Several people spoke at the vigil, where the main message was "enough is enough" when it comes to bullying. They said his death should not be in vain.
Miguel's mother, Jeanette McCants, said she hopes her son's death encourages other students to speak up if something is wrong and to let their parents help.
"He told me about a lot of things that bothered him, but he felt he was old enough to do it himself. Because he didn't want to be teased by anyone because his mommy took care of it," said McCants. "Please, this was my baby. Do not forget and take his example."
She also talked about how much she missed Miguel.
"I felt that even though I'm still mourning him and hurting, I knew I needed to be here. I love my child and I will never heal from this. I wake up every morning waiting for my good morning kiss and hug, that I no longer will ever have," said McCants.
Miguel was described as a great kid.
"He was very nice. He had a great smile and everybody loved him and everyday misses him at West Hernando," said friend, Dylan Crawford.
"There were so much people that liked him. I wish that he knew that. He knows that now. But I wish he knew that before," said friend, Nadia Ciccone.
Some who spoke at the vigil also told children to speak up if they see other students being bullied. They say it could save a life.
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