Jack Reese, a gay Utah teen, took his own life last week allegedly over anti-gay bullying.

According to QSaltLake.com, Alex Smith discussed the torment his boyfriend faced at school during an Ogden community panel on Monday. Smith described the dangers of bullying, unaware that Reese had already succumbed to them.

Reese, 17, died on Sunday, April 22 and was laid to rest on Friday.

“Jack was very good with computers and loved to play his X-Box games,” an obituary states. “He enjoyed skiing, four wheeling in the mountains and working with plants. Jack loved animals and will miss his cat, Cat. He was also very good with kids and loved taking care of them. Jack was learning to speak Japanese and loved anything to do with Japan. He was also very good at drawing and photography.”

The local chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) mourned Reese's passing.

“The local chapter of PFLAG along with a broader caring group of adults have been working together tirelessly to address issues of the importance of family acceptance to the youth of this community and similar communities all over the state,” Liz Own, director of communications for PFLAG National, said in a statement. “Sadly, the death of Jack Reese is a reminder that there is still much work to be done.”

Gay rights advocate OUTreach will host A Community Stands Up – Northern Utah Addresses LGBT Bullying and Suicide to address the issue of anti-gay bullying. A candlelight vigil in memory of Reese will close the May 1 event.

“It is time for local schools to incorporate proven techniques for eliminating bullying and homophobia, for churches to preach love and acceptance, and for parents and families to love and accept their children,” Marian Edmonds, executive director of OUTreach, said in a statement. “Each loss of life is a loss for all of us, and it must stop now.”