On Saturday, the lifeless body of 16-year-old Brandon Elizares of El Paso, Texas, was discovered by his mother, Zachalyn. He had faced bullies at school since he first came out as gay two years ago.
“He got bullied simply for being gay,” [Mrs.] Elizares told El Paso’s KFOX14. “He’s been threatened to be stabbed. He’s been threatened to be set on fire.”
Elizares said the El Paso Independent school district did everything it could to help solve the problem.
“They’ve reprimanded several kids and they did everything that they could,” Elizares said.
Mrs. Elizares said that her son’s friends told her someone had insulted Brandon on school on Friday and threatened to beat him up on Monday.