Oct 13, 2013

Father killed while walking cross country for dead gay son

Father killed while walking cross country for dead gay son. The father who set out on an inspiring cross-country journey following his gay son’s suicide was reportedly killed last night by a truck in Colorado, midway through his walk across America.

According to KTVB, Joe Bell died late last night after being struck and killed by a semi-truck. Officials said that the driver was charged with reckless driving and may have fallen asleep at the wheel.

Father killed while walking cross country for dead gay son

After his 15-year-old son Jadin Bell killed himself after allegedly being bullied by classmates, Bell vowed he would walk cross-county, stopping to speak and raise awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth along the way. Beginning in Oregon, he planned to walk 15 to 25 miles a day and speak on behalf of Faces For Change, an anti-bullying foundation established in his son’s memory.

“We need to stop this bullying — it starts in our households, how we raise our children,” Bell said at the time. “We need to educate our school systems on how to deal with it; they don’t know how to deal with the problem.”
A memorial service is being held for Bell Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m. MDT hosted by Ogden (UT) OUTreach. For more information visit the memorial service’s Facebook page.