Swartz funeral footage: Dad says Aaron was ‘killed by the government’
The Highland Park funeral for Aaron Swartz was closed to the public. But his family has now released footage from the emotional service on Tuesday.
The 26-year-old internet genius was remembered as a whiz even as a baby, teaching himself to read by the age of 3-years-old.
His father did not mince words about the trial Swartz was set to face later this year for the alleged illegal downloading of academic journals at MIT.
Nearly a week after Swartz committed suicide at his New York apartment, there is still outrage all over the internet about the case. But the lead prosecutor in Massachusetts defended her department, claiming the charges were appropriate.
If convicted, the co-founder of Reddit and creator of RSS faced decades behind bars and millions in fines.
According to his girlfriend, Swartz worked hard to change and improve the world.
A California congresswoman is already working to introduce “Aaron’s Law” to honor Swartz with changes to federal statutes.
Representation Zoe Lofgren announced her intention on Reddit and she is said to be working with the Swartz family.
Robert Swartz, Aaron Swartz’s father:
Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, Aaron Swartz’s girlfriend: