>La Grande Observer | Union and Wallowa Counties' News Leader

Observer news NE Oregon Classifieds Web
web powered by Web Search Powered by Google

Follow LaGrandeObserver.com

La Grande Observer print edition

view all La Grande Observer print publications »

The Observer Paper 12/22/14

The LaGrande Observer is now online in a Replica E-edition form and publishes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Current subscribers have full access to the E-edition.

View Paper

If you are not a current subscriber, subscribe today for immediate access.

Subscribe


Recent article comments

Powered by Disqus

Home arrow Opinion arrow Friends remember Bell at vigil

Print

Friends remember Bell at vigil

Max Square was standing room only Friday night.

Residents and friends came out to support the Bell family after Joe Bell was tragically killed on a Colorado highway Wednesday night.

Bud Hill of La Grande, who helped found Bellís Faces for Change Foundation, speaks at the candlelight vigil for Joe Bell. Following Jadin Bell's passing, Faces For Change, was established in Jadinís memory to promote anti-bullying programs. Photo by Phil Bullock.
Bud Hill of La Grande, who helped found Bellís Faces for Change Foundation, speaks at the candlelight vigil for Joe Bell. Following Jadin Bell's passing, Faces For Change, was established in Jadinís memory to promote anti-bullying programs. Photo by Phil Bullock.
 

Bell was on a walk across America to honor his son Jadin, who took his life earlier this year. Jadin was openly gay, and family members say bullying played a role in his death.

"This is a place of love and healing," said Miranda Warren-Zacharias, who helped organize the candlelight vigil.

Though Warren-Zacharias never met Jadin, she said she was touched by his story. She met Joe after Jadin's death.

"He was awesome," she said of the few times she got to talk to Joe.

Richard Scott, president of Eastern Oregon University's Gay Straight Alliance, said he grew up gay and La Grande and knows what Jadin went through.

"If I can provide some sort of example to someone who's hurting…" he said.

Bell family friend Bud Hill provided some laughs at the vigil.

"You knew I wasn't done," he said as he took the mic for the third time.

On a serious note, Hill said Faces for Change, the foundation started after Jadin's death to put an end to bullying, is still going.

"We're still going to get the education out there. We have to," he said. "(Joe's) mission from day one was if he could save one life it was worth it. I'll go to my grave believing he did."

Print

blog comments powered by Disqus
News
Local / Sports / Business / State / National / Obituaries / Public Notices
Opinion
Editorials / Letters / Guest Columns / Columnists
Features
Outdoors / Ag / Spiritual / Go Magazine / Portraits
Classifieds
View all classifieds / Jobs / Autos / Real Estate / Rentals / Place an Ad
The Observer
About / Contact / Commercial Printing / Subscriptions / Terms of Use / Site Map
Also Online
Photo Reprints / Slideshows / Weather and Valley Cam / /index.php?option=com_rss&feed=RSS2.0&no_html=1">RSS Feed ?> RSS Feed

Follow La Grande Observer headlines on Follow La Grande Observer headlines on Twitter

© Copyright 2001 - 2014 Western Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. By Using this site you agree to our Terms of Use

trouver du viagra cialis in svizzera generico cialis portugal