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VIDEO: Remembering Local Teen Sydney Rohde

Friends, fellow students and educators gathered in Aliso Viejo to pay their respects to the 15-year-old, who died June 24.

In the glow of a warm Saturday sunset, about 200 people gathered for a candlelight memorial for Sydney Rohde, who died June 24.

In the wake of the 15-year-old's apparent suicide last weekend, two classmates organized the vigil near the site of her death, a parking structure at 130 Vantis in Aliso Viejo.

Candles and flowers were placed near the structure's entrance and on nearby sidewalks. One student sang and CUSD President Gary Pritchard was on hand to help comfort students.

To watch a video of the memorial click here.

"It was very touching and I think it did everyone a lot of good," said Ross Chun, who attended.

Earlier in the week, Aliso Niguel High School Principal Chris Carter said many were stunned by Rohde's death, calling her "a wonderful young lady" who was admired by teachers.

 after reportedly jumping from the parking structure, sheriff's officials said. However, the coroner ordered toxicology tests and the case is still under investigation.

Tracy Kelly July 03, 2012 at 05:44 AM
I didn't know this young girl, but I can only imagine the pain she felt as she was being bullied by her peers. Now, I can only imagine the pain her parents must be feeling. My heart breaks for them!!! As a parent, I know the never ending worry of how my son is being treated and how he treats others. Compassion, acceptance for being unique, and remembering that each of us is perfect the way we were made, is how I am rasing my son. Before saying hurtful things, please step back and look at your own "flaws" and remember that you, too, are perfect that way you were made. Unique in your own right. Blessings to Sydney Rohde and her family.

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