Riley Moscatel
Riley Moscatel

According to the The Philadelphia Inquirer, Riley Matthew Moscatel, 17 killed himself Friday afternoon after explaining in a message: “I’m a prisoner of my own body.” This afternoon, surveillance cameras recorded Moscatel stepping in front of an Amtrak train near to his home in
Croydon, Pennsylvania.

“My mirror reflects Jessica, my heart and mind say Riley,” he posted in an Instagram picture just before. “You see me as the happiest person in school, I’m a prisoner of my own body. You see me having a successful future, I can’t see me at my graduation day. I say my hearts beating, but it’s beating slower and slower each day… I’ve had enough.”

The lengthy message, which also apologized to his parents for not being the daughter they had wanted, was written with the backdrop of a train track and posted to his account.

The teen was well supported at school and his parents reportedly accepted his name change from Jessica. The mere fact that he felt the need to apologize to them suggests that they might not have been fully supportive. Riley planned to begin hormone therapy when he turned 18. It is unknown if he was receiving the talk therapy that is essential for transgender children.

Transgender teens are at a 40% greater risk of suicide.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.