One year after her death, friends, family and members of the LGBTQ community are gathering Tuesday night to remember Jai Bornstein.
Bornstein was a transgender teen and a beloved member of the local LGBTQ community.
Tuesday night, she was honored during a candlelight vigil held at the Liberty Bell in downtown Bakersfield.
"I wish that I could have done more to support her," said Jai's friend, Dean Welliver. "I don't know what led Jai to her decision, but I wish that I would have known that she was struggling and not been afraid to reach out and offer support."
"We are so honored and we feel very humbled that the community has allowed Jai to be a positive force for change," said Jai's father, Robert Bornstein. "To protect the most vulnerable in our society and to keep pushing the message that Jai stood for which for, which is that you cannot judge a person by how they look."
The Bornstein family encourages anybody struggling like Jai to contact them on their Facebook Page:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.