A Community Grieving

When people ask where I’m from and I tell them Irrigon, they get a blank look on their faces.  Usually I have to explain Irrigon’s location by relating it to Hermiston and the Tri-Cities.  I freely get annoyed because it’s hard to explain where Irrigon is.  It’s not on the I-84 corridor, so most people just don’t “get it”.  It’s frustrating.  I love Irrigon.  I love that my children are growing up in a small community.  I love that our community has deep roots with many families, including my own.  I love that the bonds of our community run deep, thick, and strong.  The bonds of our community have never been more obvious to me than through the events that have transpired over the past four days.

Thursday afternoon, a vibrant, smart, energetic, and sweet sixth-grade boy from Irrigon was killed in a tragic accident.  He was riding his dirt-bike practicing for the races this weekend when the accident occured that ended his life.  Trevor Fox was from a family who touched every person in this community in one way or another. 

Our entire community is grieving for a son lost, a brother mourned, and a friend who will never ride again.  It is in the face of this tragedy that I am reminded, once again, of the love, feeling of family, and deep rooted compassion that is a vital part of our community.  It was never more evident than during the candle-light vigil held in memory of Trevor and in honor of his life Friday night.  I would estimate that nearly one-thousand people showed up for the vigil, and I would not be exaggerating.  It was a beautiful tribute to a wonderful boy and family.


As you move through your lives this week, take a moment to think of Trevor Fox, his brother, parents, and the entire Fox family.

0 thoughts on “A Community Grieving

  1. That was a beautiful tribute Amy…. and what a wonderful community you live in to gather around the Fox family at such a terrible time!!

  2. Beautiful pictures! I hope you share them with his family.
    I have been thinking of you, and all of my “Irrigon Friends” over the last few days.

  3. ugh. Heart breaking … praying for your community … and his family!

  4. What a beautiful service, Wished I could of been there for it,
    to be with my familly and their friends… Trevor John Fox was my little cousin with whom I never got to meet. But have heard so much about him, and his racing from my aunt Linda and Becki. It made me feel like i knew him! He will be very much missed.

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