Photo courtesy of The Statesman Journal
Silverton, Or. – Grief counselors will be on hand at Silverton High School and Bethany Charter School after the weekend car crash that took the lives of a teacher and student. 30 year old Douglas Bonham taught 5th and 6th grade at Bethany Charter. 16 year old Matthew Albrecht was a junior at Silverton High. Bonham was mentoring the teen. They died in a single car wreck in Molalla just after 7 p.m. Friday night.
The Statesman Journal says a candelight vigil will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at Bethany Charter School. Bonham’s brother in law, Travis Loose, tells the paper “Doug was an incredible presence in all the lives he touched.” Bonham was married and had two children. The family has started a GoFundMe account called “Help Megan Bonham keep her house.”
Loose set up an online memorial for Bonham so people could leave their thoughts and comments. Bonham’s nephew, Maison Bell, wrote “Doug did not change the world with his presence, but he did leave a dent. And that presence is something I will need to learn to miss. He was one of the most important people in my life and going on without him will be extremely difficult.”
A memorial for Matthew Albrecht has sprung up outside the high school. The sign reads, rest in peace, Matthew. An American flag is planted on either side of the sign and flowers have been placed on the ground in front of the sign.
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