Copyright ©2010 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.


This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Ari Shapiro.


And I'm Steve Inskeep.

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

Copyright © 2010 NPR. All rights reserved. No quotes from the materials contained herein may be used in any media without attribution to NPR. This transcript is provided for personal, noncommercial use only, pursuant to our Terms of Use. Any other use requires NPR's prior permission. Visit our permissions page for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.