Joe Bell Is Killed In Crash During Cross-Country 'Walk For Change' Following Suicide Of Gay Son

  • metta

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    Oct 10, 2013 10:16 PM GMT
    http://instinctmagazine.com/post/dad-killed-crash-during-cross-country-walk-change-following-suicide-gay-son
  • TannerMasseur

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    Oct 10, 2013 10:37 PM GMT
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  • tazzari

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    Oct 11, 2013 1:33 AM GMT
    Also the LaGrande Observer:

    http://www.lagrandeobserver.com/

    I was born in La Grande, though it's been years since I was there, and have been following the story since Joe started the trip. This comes as a deep, sad shock.

    It was also the final rupture with my brother. When I sent him the original story from the Observer, his response was full of Sodom and sin, etc. We have not spoken since. Somehow, this makes me feel even more alone.
  • monet

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    Oct 11, 2013 1:46 AM GMT
    tazzari saidIt was also the final rupture with my brother. When I sent him the original story from the Observer, his response was full of Sodom and sin, etc. We have not spoken since. Somehow, this makes me feel even more alone.


    The final line from the Instinct Magazine article: "(Joe's) goal was to walk 5,000 mile in two years, while educating people along his journey."

    Apparently Joe's message was lost on your brother. Sorry about that.

  • hebrewman

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    Oct 11, 2013 12:29 PM GMT
    this is so tragic on every level i cannot even quantify it. i actually cried when i read it yesterday on huffington post.
  • tuffguyndc

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    Oct 11, 2013 12:46 PM GMT
    wow, his poor mother is going to drop dead from all the heartache and sadness. jeeze, that really sucks to hear that
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    Oct 11, 2013 12:57 PM GMT
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  • mybud

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    Oct 11, 2013 1:58 PM GMT
    Separated in life..United again in death...RIP.
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    Oct 11, 2013 2:30 PM GMT
    Hopefully his dedication to his son and the message he was sharing has touched many since this tragedy. The story of his death will probably touch more people than his walk would have but it's sad that he'll never know that.
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    Oct 11, 2013 3:29 PM GMT
    This is so very sad to hear.
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    Oct 11, 2013 3:34 PM GMT
    thats just wrong. wow. the poor mom where is she? icon_eek.gif
  • tazzari

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    Oct 11, 2013 5:03 PM GMT
    This Sunday my church, Trinity Seattle, hosts our annual Matthew Shepard Memorial sermon. preached this year by out state senator (and mayorial candidate) Ed.Murray. I am going to preach a short homily on Joe Bell.
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    Oct 11, 2013 11:22 PM GMT
    The semi truck driver happened to fall asleep and managed to aim itself right at this guy? Something just doesn't add up. So frustratingly tragic.
  • BillandChuck

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    Oct 11, 2013 11:25 PM GMT
    tazzari saidAlso the LaGrande Observer:

    http://www.lagrandeobserver.com/

    I was born in La Grande, though it's been years since I was there, and have been following the story since Joe started the trip. This comes as a deep, sad shock.

    It was also the final rupture with my brother. When I sent him the original story from the Observer, his response was full of Sodom and sin, etc. We have not spoken since. Somehow, this makes me feel even more alone.

    You're not alone. While your familial brother is not there with/for you, you have a world of gay brethren. HUGS.
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    Oct 12, 2013 12:26 AM GMT
    Horrible.

    But just to note:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep-deprived_driving
    ...Sleep deprivation is a major cause of motor vehicle accidents, and it can impair the human brain as much as alcohol can.[1] According to a 1998 survey, 23% of adults have fallen asleep while driving....

    ...In the United States, 250,000 drivers fall asleep at the wheel every day...drowsy driving is a factor in more than 100,000 crashes, resulting in 1,550 deaths and 40,000 injuries annually...
  • tazzari

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    Oct 12, 2013 12:47 AM GMT
    BillandChuck said
    tazzari saidAlso the LaGrande Observer:

    http://www.lagrandeobserver.com/

    I was born in La Grande, though it's been years since I was there, and have been following the story since Joe started the trip. This comes as a deep, sad shock.

    It was also the final rupture with my brother. When I sent him the original story from the Observer, his response was full of Sodom and sin, etc. We have not spoken since. Somehow, this makes me feel even more alone.

    You're not alone. While your familial brother is not there with/for you, you have a world of gay brethren. HUGS.


    Thanks, guys - much appreciated!