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Body Identified as Rutgers Student Tyler Clementi

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Authorities have identified a body found in the Spuyten Duyvil Creek near Inwood Hill Park Wednesday as that of Tyler Clementi, 18, who apparently jumped off the George Washington Bridge last week.

The New York City Medical Examiner's Office reported Thursday that Clementi died of drowning and blunt-force trauma and ruled his death a suicide.

A lawyer for his family had already confirmed Wednesday that Clementi had apparently committed suicide. Witnesses said they saw a man jump from the bridge on Sept. 22, authorities said. A law enforcement source told the Associated Press that Clementi's Rutgers ID card and driver's license were found on the bridge.

Clementi was a Rutgers University student from Ridgewood, N.J., whose Sept. 19 sexual encounter was transmitted live onto the Internet. His roommate, Dharun Ravi, 18, and another student, Molly Wei, 18, are accused of having secretly broadcast the sexual encounter using a Web camera in their dorm room.

Ravi and Wei were both charged with two counts of invasion of privacy. Ravi was also charged with two counts for allegedly attempting to use the camera to view another sexual encounter between Clementi and another man on Sept. 21.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan and Rutgers University Police Chief Rhonda Harris are investigating of additional charges should be brought against Ravi and Wei, including possible bias crime charges.

''Now that two individuals have been charged with invasion of privacy, we will be making every effort to assess whether bias played a role in the incident, and, if so, we will bring appropriate charges,'' Kaplan said. He said investigators need to examine the motives behind the streaming of the sexual encounters to decide if bias charges are appropriate.

"If the charges are true, these actions gravely violate the university's standards of decency and humanity," said Rutgers President Richard L. McCormick in a statement. "We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the family during this most difficult time. While I did not have the privilege of knowing this young man, I have learned that in addition to his academic abilities, he was a gifted musician. Our university community feels the pain of his loss, and I know there is anger and outrage about these events."

McCormick said that Rutgers police as well as the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs were investigating the incidents.

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