Behind that big smile and lots of friends was a shy, loyal 15-year-old boy who loved to play the cello. Justin Aaberg came out as gay when he was 13 and, as his mom found out only after he hanged himself, suffered tremendously inside.
“I actually thought he had the perfect life. I thought out of anybody I knew that he had the perfect life,” said Justin Aaberg’s mother, Tammy Aaberg. “But I guess he didn’t think so.”
In the weeks since she found her son dead in his room on July 9, Tammy Aaberg has heard from many of her son’s friends at Anoka High School. They told her Justin Aaberg had been bullied and had recently broken up with his boyfriend.