Friends and supporters gathered on Saturday at a memorial ceremony honoring internet activist Aaron Swartz.
According to the The Huffington Post one speaker called him nothing less than an "Internet saint."
The crowd was there to honor Swartz as a free information advocate as well as to express outrage over the computer crime laws and the legal system that many blame for his death.
Aaron Swartz, a co-founder of Reddit, hanged himself Friday, January 11, 2013, in New York City. Swartz's girlfriend Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman told the hundreds of people who gathered to remember Swartz, "He was so scared and so frustrated and so desperate and, more than anything else, just so weary. I think he just couldn't take it another day," "
Sir Tim Berners Lee, one of the founding fathers of the world wide Web, tweeted the following after Swartz's death: "Aaron dead. World wanderers, we have lost a wise elder. Hackers for right, we are one down. Parents all, we have lost a child. Let us weep."
The attached video describes the alleged crimes of Swartz.
The internet community has expressed outrage over the charges filed against Swartz. Swartz violated the terms of service agreement with online database JSTOR for downloading too many articles at once. For his crime Swartz faced up to 35 years in prison on 13 felony charges.