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Memorial set for teen from Hawaii who was bullied to death

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Born in Hawaii Brandon Elizares moved to Texas and it's where he faced tortuous harassment and was bullied to death.

Brandon Elizares, 16, loved poetry, art and writing.  But it's his last words left in a suicide note that left the biggest impact when he wrote he couldn't make it, he said he loved his family and he was sorry.  He then swallowed pills that ended his life June 2.

"What a senseless loss. It's a mother's worst nightmare, especially the mother of a gay child," said Carolyn Golojuch, PFLAG Oahu President (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays). "Why does a child take their life, why does anybody take their life, because they have no hope because they look and they're tired of being harassed."

Brandon was born in Hawaii February 4, 1996.  His family moved to El Paso, Texas eight years ago because of military obligations.  Family and friends there say the bullying started after it was known he was gay.  Bullies reportedly threatened to shoot him and set him on fire.  The suicide happened the day before he was supposed to fight another student.

"Brandon came up to the principals almost every other day and explained to them, hey, I'm being bullied, somebody is messing with me, can you help me.  Basically he was crying out for help," said Shaquail Reed, Brandon's best friend.

His mother Zachalyn Elizares says she doesn't blame the school, but gay rights activists say more needs to be done.

"What we're seeing are the outbreaks of uncivilized society. We know that hate is learned. We have to stop that educational process. We have to start talking about love and acceptance," said Golojuch.  "If aloha was really alive we would not have this happen in this state or in any other state."

Brandon will be returned to Hawaii to be laid to rest.  The family will hold a remembrance walk and memorial this Saturday and they invite all those tired of bullying to attend.

"I want adults to take a bigger stand in this. They have to do something. Don't just talk about it. On Saturday do something come out and walk with us," said Golojuch.  "Three out of four suicides are from our gay children and that is unacceptable. That is totally unacceptable."

This Saturday's memorial and walk will start at 5:00 at Ala Moana Beach Park. It will include a candlelight vigil.  People in attendance are asked to wear blue or purple attire.

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