Memorial set for man killed on anti-bullying walk

The AP, WiG reports

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 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 over his sexual orientation. Bell planned to walk across the nation and tell his son’s story to as many people as possible.

Jadin Bell, 15, hung himself from school playground equipment after enduring what his friends described as relentless in-person and online bullying. He had complained about the bullying to a school counselor at La Grande High School in le Grande, where he was a sophomore.

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

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