Edward Collier was 16 years of age when he was gunned down coming to the aid of his elder sibling, Daryl Eddie, who was being pummeled by two boys who had been threatening him at school the previous two weeks. I include him in my list as not all deaths associated with bullying are self-inflicted, but the children are still gone and the family has still lost their loved one.
According to the Miami Herald: “Daryl Eddie had called his mom, asking her to pick him up — and quickly — from the bus stop. Two boys from school who’d been threatening him the last two weeks were going to beat him up, he said. “ `You need to hurry up because they just saw me,’ ” Shonka Ward said her son told her. When she and her younger son, 16-year-old Edward Collier, pulled up at the Cutler Bay bus stop Thursday afternoon, they saw Daryl on the ground, trying to fight off his attackers. That’s when 6-foot-1, 280-pound Edward jumped out the car, grabbed his 18-year-old brother by the shirt and dragged him out of the tussle. But Edward never made it out alive. Ward said she watched as a third young man pulled a gun from his waistband. “I got out the car and was pleading with him, `Please don’t do it,’ ” said Ward. “He looked at me, then at Edward, and then back at me and pulled the trigger,” said Ward. ”
Link: Miami Herald