LaGrande dad killed on cross-country walk honoring dead gay son

LaGrande dad killed on cross-country walk honoring dead gay son

LaGrande dad killed on cross-country walk honoring dead gay son

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by Michael Rollins, KGW Staff

KREM.com

Posted on October 10, 2013 at 10:12 AM

LAGRANDE, Ore. -- A father who embarked on a national trek to honor his gay son, who took his life after being bullied, was struck by a semi in Colorado and died.

Joe Bell, 48, was killed on a highway about 20 miles northwest of Kit Carson, Colo., according to news reports and Bell's Facebook page about the quest.

Bell was pronounced dead at the scene of the 5 p.m. collision. He was walking eastbound on the shoulder, according to KKTV.

The semi-driver from Texas may have fallen asleep at the wheel, according to Colorado state troopers. he was cited for careless driving resulting in death.

The Joe's Walk For Change Facebook page was flooded with eulogies to the father and son. The news was delivered on the page with the following message. 

 
Jadin Bell was a sophomre at LaGrande High School. He was found hanging from playground equipment at a grade school and died two weeks later in a Portland hospital.
 

 

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