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Hundreds attend anti-bullying candlelight vigil

Hundreds of people attended an anti-bullying candlelight vigil Friday night in Halifax. it was one of dozens of events held simultaneously in honour of Amanda Todd.

Dozens of events held simultaneously in honour of Amanda Todd and other bullying victims

More than 200 candles were lit at a vigil for Amanda Todd Friday night in Halifax.

It was one of dozens of vigils to remember victims of bullying.

Amanda Todd's silent plea for help on a YouTube video before her suicide has been viewed millions.The story of the British Columbia teenager has renewed the message to end bullying and stop the suffering.

"It's one of those situations where this is the ultimate," said Bob Burton, Amanda Todd's uncle, who attended the Halifax vigil. "Nobody wants to see this happen but these collective gatherings, at least it shows awareness and that it has to stop."

The goal of the vigil was to stand in solidarity with others across Canada, and around the world, to remember victims of bullying and provide a message to young people that there are resources and supports for them.

"I'm pretty sure a lot of people, probably 98 per cent of people have been touched by bullying either they've been bullied or they were the bully," said Burton. "It's got to stop. I mean it's just one of those things, when you see a situation like this I mean how far does it have to go to get to this point."

 Amanda Todd died last Wednesday, a month after posting a YouTube video in which she claimed an online stalker and bullying by peers set her down a path of anxiety, depression and drug and alcohol abuse.

An outpouring of emotion has followed her death, with more than 100 Facebook pages being set up in her memory.

The teen's death has brought worldwide attention to the problem of online bullying and Amanda's mother has said she hopes her daughters video can be used as a tool to help prevent future deaths.

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