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Friends release balloons to remember youth

HOUSTON (AP) — Friends and family released hundreds of balloons to remember the life of Asher Brown, whose parents say was bullied at his middle school because of his religion and sexual orientation before committing suicide.

The Houston Chronicle reported more than 250 people showed up Saturday to offer support for the family of the eighth-grader, who shot himself in the head last week.

Prosecutors say they will look into the suicide.

Family members said students made fun of 13-year-old Asher because they believed he was gay, and that school officials ignored their please for help. The Cypress-Fairbanks school district said it found that “some student information indicates a perception that Asher was mistreated by classmates, but those concerns were not reported.”

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