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Iowans mourn death of gay teenager

Hundreds of mourners, many wearing pink, filled Grace Lutheran Church, Primghar, Iowa, on April 19 to remember Kenneth J. Weishuhn Jr., 14, who four days earlier took his own life.

Weishuhn had been bullied since coming out as gay only weeks earlier. According to the Western Iowa Synod office, the youth and his mother, Jeannie Chambers, were members of Grace, where his grandmother, CeCe Chambers, serves as office secretary.

Kim Peterson, who officiated at the funeral, implored Weishuhn's classmates and community to put an end to bullying and to forgive.


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