Buffalo, NY - They came from all over Western New York and beyond. The majority of them never met Jamey Rodemeyer in person, but they will never forget his name and the tragic story that led to his death.
More than 1,000 people gathered in Allentown Sunday night for an anti-bullying "No Hate" march, and candlelight vigil. They came to let the Rodemeyer family know that they're not alone.
"We've just been deeply moved by Jamey's passing, and we're just adamant that this has got to stop, and it's not going to be a death in vain," said Jennifer Ward. She admits her own sister was bullied by her classmates as well.
Marchers came from every walk of life. High school and college students. Senior citizens marched as well. They all walked down Main Street with candle in hand. Some parents shared this experience with their children.
Arianna Morris is still in elementary school.
"No one deserves to get bullied and bullying is a terrible thing that goes on and on," said Morris.
The march ended a few blocks away at the Club Marcella. Several invited guests spoke out against bullying. Including well known same sex marriage activist Kitty Lambert Rudd.
"Not here in New York. We will not tolerate this."
Senator Mark Grisanti (R, 60th Senate District) also spoke out about the bullying problem. Taking a firm stand similar to the one he took supporting same sex marriage.
"If you feel like you're bullied you need to step up. You need to talk to your school. You need to talk to your parents," said Grisanti.
Jamey Rodemeyer's aunt Sue Haynes says the support for her and the rest of the Rodemeyer family was quite overwhelming.
"I would love to just say thank you to this group that started this. That's all I want to say," said Haynes.
Club Marcella, The Purple Door Project, and local Bank of America branches are collecting donations c/o "Friends of Jamey Rodemeyer." The money will be given to his family, or the charity of their choice.