Friends mourn famed Portland street performer

Friends mourn famed Portland street performer

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A candlelight vigil Sunday honored a well-known street performer in Portland.

People made their way across the Hawthorne Bridge where Kirk Reeves used to play the trumpet as people drove by.

Friends remembered the way Reeves would always follow his dreams and encourage others to do the same. They also remembered him wearing Mickey Mouse ears and some people even passed out a few as a fun way to remember Reeves.

Portland Mayor Sam Adams spoke at the beginning of the vigil and proclaimed Nov. 18 as Kirk Reeves Day.

Adams said Reeves would've wanted people to celebrate his life, but also talk about suicide, which his how Reeves died.

One of Reeves' friends organized the vigil and remembered him making everyone smile.

"He would take even the most quiet person and make them lively," said Andee Freytag. "Why not honor someone like that? Why not? He's like the part of everyone's family -- like the crazy uncle we've always loved and adored."

Friends are trying to raise money to get a statue made of Reeves. They hope to put it up on the bridge where he used to perform.