Emotions high at Amanda Todd memorial

Friends gather at Peace Park and light candles during a vigil and memorial for Amanda Todd in Maple...

Friends gather at Peace Park and light candles during a vigil and memorial for Amanda Todd in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Oct. 15, 2012. (Carmine Marinelli/QMI Agency)

Michael Mui, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:40 AM ET

VANCOUVER - Even during the worst times in her life, Amanda Todd was a shoulder to those who needed help around her, a close friend reminisced during heart-wrenching speeches at a Maple Ridge, B.C., gathering for the dead 15-year-old.

 

“Amanda said to me one day when I was feeling at an all-time low that, ‘You are not alone',” teen Austin Brown told QMI Agency on Monday. “Those words stuck to my head. I wasn't alone and I would tell her that every day.”

More than 100 people gathered at Maple Ridge’s Peace Park to remember Amanda, who committed suicide Wednesday after years of bullying and being chased by an online stalker.

Brown and many others shared their own experiences about bullying in the driving rain. Some brought candles, others flowers. Those who spoke wished bystanders did more to intervene before it was too late for Amanda.

Samuel Robertson and student Tara Tenenbein said some people did stand up for Amanda, telling bullies to back off. But even more spread rumours about her.

When not embroiled in her distress, Amanda was known as a beautiful singer.

“She was sweet when she wasn’t thinking about her bullies,” said one speaker. “She was so happy and full of life and energy.”

Amanda posted a nine-minute YouTube video about a month ago detailing how she’d been subjected to intense bullying after making the mistake of exposing her breasts over a webcam in Grade 7.

She didn't speak on the video, instead communicating through handwritten cue cards.

In the video, Amanda said she was beaten up outside a new school and left in a ditch where her father found her. She was hospitalized after drinking bleach at home.

An RCMP investigation into the circumstances surrounding her death continues.

B.C. Premier Christy Clark tweeted she is planning an anti-bullying summit in Vancouver for parents, educators and experts on Nov. 13.

 


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