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People in Tyler Clementis hometown in New Jersey are remembering him as a passionate musician. The Rutgers University freshman committed suicide last week by jumping off the George Washington Bridge, which leads into Manhattan. He was apparently distraught that his roommate had put a video of Clementis romantic encounter with another young man on the Internet. Joel Rose has this remembrance.��

JOEL ROSE: Those who knew Tyler Clementi at Ridgewood High School, in New Jersey, say he was bright but shy. Principal John Lorenz says Clementi wasnt one to brag.�

Mr. JOHN LORENZ (Principal, Ridgewood High School): He wasnt that loud, boisterous personality. You know, he wasnt a student that would be standing out in front in the pep rally. He would contribute in a different way - in maybe a little more humble and quieter way.����

ROSE: Where Clementi really blossomed was on stage.�

Ms. ARLENE LOCOLA (Violin teacher): The violin was his voice.

ROSE: Arlene Locola was Clementis violin teacher. She says his talent was obvious from an early age.�

Ms. LOCOLA: He played almost immediately, with an energy and a fire and a passion, even though it was "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." And when he picked his violin up, you noticed. You noticed that this was something special.�

ROSE: Clementi performed with the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra and the Bergen Youth Orchestra, and he worked in a local production of the musical "I Love You, Youre Perfect, Now Change," last summer. Clementi didnt have a chance to make his mark at Rutgers. But Locola says he did in his hometown.�

Ms. LOCOLA: Theres a lot of sadness for his family and his friends, and all those who admired and loved him in Ridgewood, because he was very special. And he had a full life ahead of him.

ROSE: Locola says its particularly heartbreaking that such a private young man came to such a public end.��

For NPR News, Im Joel Rose in New Jersey

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