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Memorial at Magic Island for teen bullied to death

ALA MOANA BEACH PARK (HawaiiNewsNow) - Friends and family of a gay teen who was bullied to death gathered at Magic Island on Saturday night for a final farewell.

After moving to Texas, Brandon Elizares faced constant harassment because he was gay.

The Hawaii-born teen spent the past eight years in El Paso.

Those close to the 16-year-old said bullies threatened to shoot him and set him on fire. Elizares swallowed the pills that ended his life the day before he was supposed to fight another student.

"They don't understand what they're doing to people. they don't understand how it affects other people's feelings," said Shaquail Reed, Elizares' best friend.

"I want him to be remembered as the humble, sweet boy that he was," said his mother Zachalyn Elizares.

"It shows respect for my brother because it stops bullying and it's just to represent that everybody can be who they are," said his sister Brandell Ramos.

Elizares' death has prompted a Texas congressman to push for the passage of two measures aimed at protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students from discrimination and bullying in schools.

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