Father And Anti-Bullying Advocate Tragically Killed While Walking Across U.S. To Honor Deceased Son

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jadin and joe bellThe effects of bullying have taken many children from us, one of which was 15-year-old Jadin Bell who took his own life after anti-gay bullying. His father Joe Bell then decided to walk across the United States in his son’s memory and to raise awareness about LGBTQ tolerance. Sadly, while on his quest, Joe was struck by a semi truck and killed.

The Observer reports that Joe, who started his journey in Oregon, was walking along a Colorado highway when he was hit. He had reportedly been telling his son’s story to as many people as possible on behalf of Faces For Change, an anti-bullying foundation he founded in response to his son’s suicide. He had planned to walk 15 to 25 miles a day with this essential mission:

“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.”

The 48-year-old man was struck by Kenneth Raven, 49, of a Bryan, Texas, trucking company. He may have fallen asleep at the wheel.

A memorial for Joe has been scheduled for later today and you can follow his inspirational journey via his Facebook page.

(photo: Facebook)


  1. LiteBrite

    October 10, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    This makes me really sad.

    • Koa_Beck

      October 10, 2013 at 5:52 pm

      Worst day ever

  2. Rachel Sea

    October 10, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    His poor wife and kids. Losing a child and parent in the same year? I can’t even.

    • lucillemcnair89

      October 11, 2013 at 4:38 pm

      If you understand what you’re doing, you’re are intelligent.
      Then don’t waste time and move to… http://www.bay35.ℂℴm

  3. Amber Starr

    October 10, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    That poor family. What a sad, sad story.

  4. zeisel

    October 10, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    This is so tragic.

  5. logica

    October 10, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    This is just so incredibly tragic. I understand that he was walking along a freeway, which is not the safest place to walk, but the driver should face charges for being asleep at the wheel. The shipping company could also be charged for pressuring the trucker to drive when he was unfit, depending on the circumstances. It is inexcusable for someone to fall asleep at the wheel, expecially a trucker, who likely has a bunk in the back of his cab.

  6. Kelby Johnson

    October 11, 2013 at 12:30 am

    This poor poor family! Such a heartbreaking story.

  7. pineapplegrasss

    October 11, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Oh this really is just so sad.

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