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School Mourns Death of Japanese Immersion Student

Written by Jeremy Scott on May 27, 2014

Rosemary Reynolds contributed to this story

PORTLAND — It’s a sad day at Mount Tabor Middle School as students and teachers cope with the loss of a classmate who was run over and killed on the Oregon Coast on Memorial Day weekend.

14-year-old Cruz Miller was a member of the school’s Japanese Immersion Program, Oya No Kai.  Students, teachers and parents were on a weekend retreat at Camp Westwind near Lincoln City moving equipment along the banks of the Salmon River on Monday morning.

Miller tried to jump or climb onto a moving trailer loaded with gear and fell off.  He hit the ground and was run over.  Two doctors and two nurses in the group did everything they could to try and save the boy.


“It’s a horrible tragedy.  Just seeing the kids inside the school, they can barely make it down the hallway because they’re crying so hard because they lost a friend.  It’s hard for the adults too to comprehend how a fun, easygoing camping trip could end so badly,” said Christine Miles of Portland Public Schools.

Grief counselors have been made available for those who need someone to talk to.

“Oya No Kai and the Japanese Immersion Program is shocked and heartbroken to learn of today’s tragic accident at Camp Westwind.  We will do everything we can to support the dear family, friends and community members who are forever touched by this great loss,” said spokesman Jerry Spokes.

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