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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

A Mid-South woman knows the meaning of turning a blind eye. Her brother took his own life, after years of complaining about being bullied.

She says the signs were always there, but by the time she realized it he was gone.

His last words were never heard, his emotional demons wrought with pain and defeat.

He says in a letter to his family, "I want to start by saying this is not anyone's fault but mine. I've had this on my mind for the past few years, probably since high school."

At 27, Dr. Norman Nolan was in his second year as a veterinary resident, a love for animals and a love for his family so ingrained he had the names of his niece and nephew tattooed on  his back.

By all accounts the pride and success of his family, but there were unforeseen troubles.

"He was short, dark skinned, very intelligent, so a lot of people made fun of him," said Lashandra Robinson, Nolan's sister. "hey just said you're too dark, just think your own race telling you that you're too dark or you're too short to do anything your own race, your own people, your own friends making fun of you."

Robinson said the bullying started when Nolan was in his early teens.
 
He penned these words for his family, "The most hurtful is knowing and leading a good life and realizing that what I do, does not matter, no one should do the same selfish act that I have committed."

On March 23, 2011, the bullying from his childhood combusted and Nolan found his own way to release, by taking his own life.

"He held a lot of things on the inside of him which I noticed at an earlier age, that he didn't talk much, he didn't tell people his problems," Robinson said. "He kept everything a secret."

A secret expressed in his own way, yet no one was listening. She has created an anti-bullying play in her brother's honor called "You Can't Hold Me Down."
 
Now as she looks at old photos of her only brother, she says there can never be hindsight when there's a call for help, someone must answer. In Nolan's final words, "I am sorry that my actions are permanent and caused so much pain."

Robinson said if she ever had a chance to see her brother again she would say, "I'm mad at you, you left me, how dare you leave me, I needed you and you left me. I don't understand, I refuse to understand, I'll accept it, but I just don't understand it."

The anti-bullying play will be held at LeMoyne-Owen College this Saturday, March 8, at 2 p.m. at the Little Theater on the campus. For tickets you can call 901-262-8642 or log onto UCanofMemphis.org.

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