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Eric James Borges, 19, May You Rest Peacefully

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Suicide has claimed yet another teen and another teen from the LGBT community.  Eric James Borges, known to his friends as EricJames, died Wednesday, January 11, 2012.  He was a 19-year-old intern with The Trevor Project.  Sadly, even being involved with that group couldn’t save him.

Like many victims of suicide before him, Eric wanted to help others even as he was struggling with his own situations.  Eric was dealt a troubling hand right from birth as he was unwanted by his birth parents.  Still, he navigated his way through 19 turbulent years, interning with The Trevor Project and becoming a Supplemental Instructor at the College of the Sequoias.  And, through it all, a look at his facebook page info reveals a positive young mind with a great spirit and passion to live…and give.

To the family and friends of EricJames, we offer our condolences and prayers.

To everyone else, I say never stop trying to reach these young people.  Listen carefully to what they have to say.  Lives are depending on it.  We’ll never know if a compassionate ear would’ve saved EricJames.  All we can do at this point is say Rest in Peace, EricJames.  You were a rising star.

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