Another Life Lost

19Year Old Former Howard Univ Student Aiyisha Hassan Commits Suicide

Very unfortunate news to report as yet another LGBT teen has ended their life. Nineteen-year-old Aiyisha Hassan, a lesbian former Howard University student, took her own life last Tuesday in California.

2010_10_12_AIYISHA_HASSAN2 Hassan becomes at least the seventh LGBT teen to commit suicide in the past five weeks. She also becomes the second Black LGBT teen to commit suicide in the past two weeks.

Aiyisha Hassan attended Howard University from 2008 to 2009. Students at the historically black university organized a candlelight vigil for Aiyisha Hassan on Thursday night, reports The Hilltop and MetroWeekly. Reports suggest the former HU student was struggling with her sexuality.

“She was having a lot of trouble with a lot of different things, but mainly her sexual identity and just trying to express that,” says 21-year-old Lauren Morris, a fourth-year student. Morris says she introduced Hassan to Howard’s LGBT student group, and both attended meetings.

There are few details on Aiyisha Hassan’s suicide. Services will be held Wednesday, October 13 in Los Angeles at the Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Will this ever end? Will there ever be hope for young people such as Aiyisha Hassan, Raymond Chase and Tyler Clementi?


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