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Bullied gay teen who died of suicide buried in a custom rainbow casket paid for by community

Nigel's rainbow casket
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15-year-old Nigel Shelby was laid to rest in a casket that was decorated with rainbows.

Shelby, a high school student in Huntsville, Alabama, died by suicide last month after he was allegedly bullied for being gay.

The community rallied to raise funds for his funeral, organizing a GoFundMe page and a Drag Brunch to raise over $15,000.

People who attended the funeral wore rainbow clothing and clothes that denounced bullying, local media reported, and the casket had a picture of Shelby wearing a rainbow sweater and rainbows on it.

People at the funeral of Nigel Shelby.
People at the funeral of Nigel Shelby. WZDX/video screenshot

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“I don’t want him to be remembered as a kid who was bullied for being gay and who took his own life,” his mother, Camika Shelby, told WAFF.

“He was so much more than that. He was sunshine. He was just a great spirit to have around and it just breaks my heart because I feel like he had so much more love to give.”

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