The Eugene group is mourning the lack of Connor Truax, a 17-year-old who died in a automobile crash Monday, and is being remembered as a devoted scholar of Taekwondo with a vivid future.
For the reason that accident, buddies and group members have stopped by the tree the place the crash occurred to drop off flowers in a memorial pile that grew exponentially over a number of days.
A string of hanging pictures was wrapped across the tree, exhibiting Truax performing Taekwondo and skateboarding. There was additionally a letter hooked up, exhibiting the symbol for U.S. TaeKwonDo School, which he attended, and was signed “all your pals.”
Eugene Police recognized Truax on Wednesday night as the driving force who died within the crash. Truax was a senior at South Eugene Excessive College.
He was driving with four passengers, all between 15 and 18, when the automobile collided right into a tree on East twenty third Avenue on Monday night. The opposite 4 passengers sustained “varied ranges” of accidents and had been transported to a hospital in accordance with police spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin.
The Register-Guard isn’t figuring out the passengers as a result of they’re minors and victims in an accident.
South Eugene Excessive College Principal Carey Killen knowledgeable households of the information in an e mail Tuesday afternoon.
“His presence at South will probably be deeply missed,” Killen mentioned within the e mail. “Our ideas are with all the scholars’ households and buddies.”
Killen described Truax as a proficient singer and musician who was concerned in Taekwondo.
District spokeswoman Kerry Delf mentioned Thursday that counseling help is being offered for college students each in-person and on-line.
“It actually impacts college students, not solely those that knew him intently, it additionally impacts those that didn’t know him, so many individuals,” Delf mentioned.
Within the e mail, Killen mentioned that “any dying of a teenager is tragic.”
She added that crucial issues adults can do to assist their youngsters course of their emotions is to be supportive, encourage open expression of emotions, and supply a relaxed, empathetic and reassuring presence and response.
Killen mentioned the varsity would share extra info when it might probably, together with particulars of a memorial service for Truax if the household needs that shared.
In a Fb put up, the Eugene Foodies group’s directors and members prolonged “heartfelt condolences to Scott Lilly, the proprietor of Lox, Shares and Bagels,” who was Truax’s father.