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Death of a young Gillette resident appears to have been the result of bullying says family

Death of a young Gillette resident appears to have been the result of bullying says family

(Gillette, Wyo.) Last night at 10:30 p.m., Gillette police were contacted by a woman looking for a friend of hers. She told police she'd last talked to him when he said he was at the Cam-Plex, and when she arrived there she found his car in the parking lot, but not him. Police searched the area and found 20 year old Trevor O'Brien deceased in the park. At this time the Campbell County Coroner's Office is not releasing any other details surrounding his death, as a full investigation is still ongoing. His family says he had been constantly bullied for being gay, and evidence of this is still on his Facebook page, when his car had been vandalized in December. embed facebook post There are also photos on his profile of scratches to his face, from what appears to have been a fight. When we spoke to family members this morning, they stated he was severely bullied for being gay. According to them, "no one did anything about it," and he "felt he had no one to turn to for help." Physical abuse and hateful things written on your car transcends "bullying" -- it's harassment and destruction of property. These are crimes that local law enforcement take seriously. Every day in the police blotter you can see reports from people of all ages who have contacted police about everything from verbal threats heard secondhand, to mean Facebook messages. Trevor was an enrolled Souix tribal member from South Dakota, and was openly gay. According to the CDC, Native Americans have higher rates of suicide in young adults than any other ethnicity, and gay youth are four times as likely to commit suicide than their straight peers. This is another loss for the community that highlights a very real need for suicide prevention awareness. If you are being bullied, abused, or harassed, contact the Sheriff's Office or Gillette Police. If you are struggling with mental health issues, local law enforcement also works with suicide prevention hotlines to make sure you get the help you need. They will check on your welfare. They will check on the welfare of a friend if you call them with concerns for someone else. You can text "energy" to 741-741 if you are uncomfortable talking on the phone. There are people available to listen, but they can't help if you don't reach out. #county17 #news