What really happened that caused a 12-year-old boy to take his own life? Was he bullied at school?
Apparently, his mother is blaming bullies and the Hernando County School System.
None of us can imagine what this has been like for the family and that poor child.
Plenty of tears were shed at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill, one of 12-year-old Miguel Rodriguez' favorite places to play.
Family and friends and many people they don't even know all came together for a candlelight vigil Friday night, to keep his memory alive.
"He was a great kid, the best!," said Miguel's mom Jeanette McCants, who vowed her baby, 12-year-old Miguel Rodriguez, will never be forgotten.
"I wake-up every morning waiting for my good morning kiss and hug that I no longer will ever have," said McCants, as she stood there with a broken heart addressing the crowd. "I loved my child, and I will never heal from this."
They lit candles and held onto shiny purple balloons and wore anything they could that was purple, which was Miguel's favorite color.
"I'm sad that he died and I'm crying," said classmate Dylan Crawford. "He was my best, really good friend."
Crawford said he never suspected his buddy might be hiding a lot of sadness behind his ever-present smile.
"Sometimes things may look so perfect and fine, but really it just might not be," said Miguel's mom tearfully.
"He came up to like right here," explained Crawford pointing to just below his chest, that Miguel's 4'8" frame came up to about there.
Standing just shy of five feet, his friends said, he was desperate for a growth spurt. He came to best friend Nadia Ciccone's house upset one day.
"I asked him what was wrong and he told me that he was getting bullied and I told him to ignore it because they don't know him, how amazing he was," said Ciccone.
"I used to get so mad, but he would never really tell us who it was, because he knew we'd actually do something," said another close friend Brianna Dobbs.
"On January 23rd, 2013, my 12-year-old brother took his own life because someone chose to wield death in their words," said his sister Aysha McCants. "He was a beautiful boy inside and out."
He had taken his own life. McCants said her son was bullied about his height and she implored parents to ask him, like she did, every day
"How was your day today? Are you OK? Anything you would like to talk about?," she asked emphatically.
They released hundreds of balloons and a single candle to the heavens Friday night in Miguel's name.
"No one, I mean no one, loves you more than your mom and dad," said Jeanette McCants.
The Hernando Superintendent Bryan Blavatt said they haven't completed their investigation yet, but the information they have from West Hernando Middle School where Miguel went to school is, there was an incident that Miguel's mom brought to their attention over a year ago.
McCants thanked the community for helping to raise the money to pay for her son's funeral. There's also a Facebook page dedicated to him. RIP Miguel Rodriguez. It's fast approaching 3000 "likes".
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