Hundreds honor activist Aaron Swartz in NYC

Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, Aaron Swartz's partner and Founder and Executive Director of SumOfUs.org, speaks during his memorial service, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 in New York. Friends and supporters of Swartz paid tribute Saturday to the free-information activist and online prodigy, who killed himself last week as he faced trial on hacking charges. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

NEW YORK Hundreds of friends and supporters of Aaron Swartz are gathered in New York City to pay tribute to the free-information activist and online prodigy who killed himself last week.

The 26-year-old Swartz hanged himself in his apartment in Brooklyn the month before he was to go on trial in Boston.

Federal prosecutors accused him of breaking into a computer wiring closet at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010 and tapping into the university's computer network to get millions of paid-access scholarly articles.

Swartz's family has blasted prosecutors' handling of his case, saying overreaching led to his death.

A grandson of activist folk singer Pete Seeger read a message from Seeger praising Swartz.

The statement said it was "a tragedy for this brilliant young man to be so threatened that he hanged himself."

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