During an appearance on CNN's Anderson Cooper AC360, Jamey Rodemeyer's mother said her son had a big heart.

Jamey is the 14-year-old Buffalo junior high school student who committed suicide after being bullied for coming out gay.

Tim and Tracey Rodemeyer appeared on the program along with their daughter Alyssa.

“For a 14-year-old, he had the biggest heart in that little body. He was well loved by everybody, which included friends, teachers, and, of course, family,” Tracey said of her son.

In May, Jamey posted a YouTube video for the It Gets Project, which reaches out to struggling gay teens considering suicide. “All you have to do is hold your head up and you'll go far,” he said in the clip. “Just love yourself and you're set … It gets better.”

The video was a relief for his parents who saw it as a sign that their son's struggle might be coming to an end.

Dan Savage, the co-founder of the It Gets Better, noted on his blog that “sometimes, the damage done by hate and by haters is simply too great” to overcome.

“It sounds like Jamey had help – he was seeing a therapist and a social worker and his family was supportive – but it wasn't enough,” Savage wrote. “Whatever help Jamey was getting clearly wasn't enough to counteract the hatred and abuse that he had endured since the fifth grade, according to reports, or Jamey's fears of having to face down a whole new set of bullies when he started high school next year.”

The Rodemeyers added that Jamey appeared fine the night before he died. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)