Aiyisha Hassan Memorial Saturday

Father Says Death Not Linked To Bullying

Aiyisha Hassan's memorial will be held Saturday at the Sojourner Truth Presbyterian Church in Richmond at 2 p.m. — the church where her father, The Rev. Kamal Hassan, is pastor.

Aiyisha Hassan's suicide earlier this month — Oct. 4, not the 5th as previously reported — comes amid media reports of a rash of gay youth suicides nationwide. Yet The Rev. Hassan told the Metro Weekly in Washington, D.C. that his daughter, who identified as lesbian, was not the victim of anti-gay bullying.

While former classmates at Howard University had been quoted in the press saying she was struggling with her sexual identity, the elder Hassan instead linked her death to depression and just ending a “toxic relationship.”

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