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Trans boy who died of suicide texted best friend: ‘I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!’ before death

Trans boy who died of suicide texted best friend: ‘I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!’ before death

The Wisconsin trans boy who killed himself Monday 29 September received tribute in an emotional eulogy from close friend Foster Noone.

Noone, a fellow queer activist, wrote the eulogy on Medium about the night of Skylar Lee’s death.

Nine minutes before writing his suicide letter, Lee sent Noone three texts which read: ‘FRIEND I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!’; ‘Just want you to know that’; ‘I love you so much.’ They received them the following morning.

The evening of Lee’s suicide, Lee asked Noone to read him a poem. They read: ‘Consider the Hands That Write This Letter’, a poem by American poet Aracelis Girmay.

In Lee’s suicide he wrote about how he loved fruit. Noone recounts in the eulogy Lee was a ‘pear’. ‘I feel like pears have a really calm, healing energy.

‘They’re really flavorful and yummy but the colors are really serene and pears can be great as part of a dish or be the star on their own.’

Lee said Noone was a peach. ‘I have an association of kindness [with peaches] because when I lived at my old house, in the summer my gran and I would go to this random old couple’s house who had a peach tree and they’d let us take their peaches for no reason except to be kind.’

In his suicide note Lee said he didn’t want to be remembered as a ‘sob story’.

‘Don’t turn my name into a hash tag. Don’t treat this like glory suicide-fest. I am not killing myself because I am trans and queer.’

He said suicide by trans people creates a ‘chain reaction’.

Lee’s memorial service was held Friday October 2 in Madison, Wisconsin.