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Homecoming King: Suicide Suspected in Transgender Teen's Death

By    |   Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 08:19 PM

Blake Brockington, a transgender teen who was crowned homecoming king a year ago, died Monday in an apparent suicide.

The Charlotte, North Carolina, teen lived as a girl until the 10th grade, and worked as an activist for LGBT rights in his community.

Brockington told the Charlotte Observer of his struggles for acceptance as transgender in an article published earlier this year.

“My family feels like this is a decision I made,” Brockington said. “They think, ‘You’re already black, why would you want to draw more attention to yourself?’ But it’s not a decision. It is who I am. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.”

The teen moved in with a foster family.

Brockington was crowned as homecoming king at East Mecklenburg High School last year after being nominated by his peers and winning a fundraising competition.

“I hope this makes everybody know that they can be themselves regardless of what anybody else says,” Brockington said at the time, according to QNotes. “You can do anything you set your mind to.”

On Wednesday, Fox 46 Charlotte reported that the North Carolina Highway Patrol asked the police department to reinvestigate the case after they began having doubts about their initial belief that Brockington’s death was a suicide.

Brockington was found dead on Interstate 485 near the Pavilion Boulevard overpass. Trooper John Burgin said the case was turned back over to police because they had doubts about whether Brockington actually jumped from the bridge, the station reported.

Twitter users expressed grief at Brockington's passing.











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