LA GRANDE, Ore. - Friends and family gathered in La Grande on Thursday to remember Joe Bell, who died last week in Colorado during a cross-county walk to honor his gay son who killed himself after being bullied.
Jadin Bell tried to hang himself at an elementary school playground in January. A passer-by tried to rescue him, but Jadin Bell died a few weeks later in Portland at Oregon Health and Science University.
His distraught father decided to do something about it.
In late April, Joe Bell set off on a walk across the country to share the story of his son's death and raise awareness about bullying.
“He was hurting so bad,” Bell said before his walk. “Just the bullying at school. Yeah there were other issues, but ultimately it was all due to the bullying, for not being accepted for being gay.”
We compiled several clips of people talking about Bell during his memorial service. Click "play video" above to watch.