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Oct 13, 2013 5:31 PM by Monica Gouty

Public memorial set for man killed in Colorado, walking for bullied son

LAGRANDE, Ore. (AP) - A memorial service has been scheduled for an Oregon man who was killed last week while walking across the country to raise awareness about bullying.

The service to honor 48-year-old Joseph Bell of La Grande, Ore., will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Gilbert Event Center on the Eastern Oregon University campus in La Grande.

Bell died Wednesday after being struck along a two-lane highway in a rural area of eastern Colorado. Investigators believe the driver fell asleep.

Bell's 15-year-old son, Jadin, died in February after hanging himself in a schoolyard. He had reported being bullied.

Bell began his walk in April and planned to finish in New York City.

A family friend, Bud Hill, tells the Oregonian that the service is open to the public.

 

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