Lots of tears shed during a memorial for late Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz

Posted at 7:36 PM, Jan 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-19 19:36:32-05

EAST VILLAGE, NEW YORK (PIX11)– A packed service at Cooper Union’s Great Hall inside the foundation building…in between the tears and prayers those who attended the memorial wondered… could Aaron Swartz’s suicide have been prevented. The co-founder of Reddit-dot-com took his own life on January 11th after he found out prosecutors were coming after him for allegedly illegal hacking into a network at m-i-t to download articles.
Several federal prosecutors said he violated the computer fraud and abuse act…which focuses on, quote “anyone who intentionally accesses a computer without authorization or exceeds authorized access.”
Swartz was first charged with four different felonies that then expanded to 13 in all. Facing those charges, he could have spent up to 50 years in prison if convicted.
Friends and family say it was too much to deal with.