Sunday, November 23, 2014

Chapman at Linfield NCAAD3 football playoff game 11/22/2014

SLIDESHOW OF GAME
 VIDEO LINFIELD FOOTBALL TEAM POST-GAME CHANT

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Newspaper story about Linfield QB Sam Riddle

Linfield quarterback Sam Riddle's long journey home

By Keith Sharon,  Oregonian 11/20/2014

The airplane bound for Grand Forks, N.D., rattled and jerked, and the teenager looking out the window could see the snow, like his life, had gone sideways.

When he and his dad got in the rental car, it was minus-5 degrees outside. They drove about 15 miles per hour on an icy and lonesome highway toward the University of North Dakota -- any faster would have surely caused a spin-out in blizzard conditions.

It was January 2013.

"What am I doing?" the 17-year-old thought to himself.

A few months earlier, Sam Riddle had been a hotshot Century High School quarterback with a secret, one that would surely get him banished from the football team and kicked out of school. If you would have asked him then, Sam would have told you the secret he carried would ruin his life.

Sam knew what would happen in Grand Forks that weekend. He would be offered a scholarship and the football coach would ask him for a verbal commitment to attend the University of North Dakota for the next four years.

"I can't do this," Sam thought.

Sam struggled for a way to tell the coach, and his father, what he really wanted to do.

He wanted to stay home.

So when the moment came, when the coach smiled and offered Sam a chance to fulfill his lifelong dream to play Division I college football, when his dad looked more proud than he had ever been, Sam was sweating.

He knew what he needed to say. He knew he needed tell everyone no, stop, I don't want to do this.

But this is what he said ...

"OK, I'll accept."

That decision to leave his family and move from Hillsboro to Grand Forks to play football wasn't the most difficult, but it would prove the worst of Sam Riddle's rapidly spiraling life.

In high school, he had met a girl and fallen in love. She became pregnant. And that weekend in Grand Forks, he had decided to leave that girl and his as-yet-unborn son behind.

On a recent Tuesday, Sam Riddle, now 19 ("A 30-year-old in a 19-year-old's body," he said), sat in a Starbucks at Linfield College talking about his fight to get home, about the notebook pages on which he printed "Adoption" vs. "Parenting," about the whispers that stung him, and about the friends who supported him when he was at his lowest. He talked about disappointing his dad and what it's like to play quarterback when you've already endured more drama than a television reality show.

He talked about Briahnna, the girl who made his jaw drop when he first saw her.

And he talked about a little boy in North Plains, Oregon, who knows how to say "tickle" and the best word Sam Riddle has ever heard.

"Daddy."

• • •

She was a transfer student from Southridge High.

Briahnna Krokum took a seat in Sam Riddle's Spanish class at Century, and he was speechless.

At the time, she thought her future would include beauty school, or real estate sales or marketing -- in other words, she didn't know.

This is what Bri thought when she sat down in Spanish class: Why is that cute guy glaring at me?

When they got to know each other, they flirted a little, but each was dating someone else. She was a junior and played on the basketball team. He was the sophomore star of the football team.

In three years, Sam would lead Century to 3-8, 6-4 and 8-3 records, turning around a program that hadn't had much success.

"I was kind of The Guy when it came to sports at school," Sam said.

A year passed before Sam and Bri became an item. She drove him home from Buffalo Wild Wings after a basketball game, and he asked her if he could call her his girlfriend.

She said yes.

When Sam was a senior, Bri enrolled at Portland Community College. "She was like part of the family," Sam said. "We were just a couple of kids having fun."

On the football field, his senior year started great. His team was undefeated heading into the game against Glencoe, which is Century's bitter rival.

On the Sunday before the big game, Sam was at Bri's house when she — after a couple of nervous weeks — took a pregnancy test.

She showed him the results, and Sam breathed a sigh of relief. The pluses and colors and dashes, in his mind, said not pregnant.

But, of course, he was a high school boy with no experience reading pregnancy tests. He had read hers wrong.

She was pregnant.

"I almost passed out," Sam said. "I thought about not graduating from high school, not graduating from college, working at a minimum wage job the rest of my life. I thought of the worst — I am going to be the joke of the school."

(Sam's fears, by the way, did not come true. He continued in school and on the football team. There are no official penalties for being a teen father.)

"I thought my life was over," Bri said. "This is a train wreck."

They had become a statistic, a cautionary tale and they were keenly aware of how difficult their lives were about to become. According to the office of U.S. Health and Human Services, there are 57 pregnancies for every 1,000 teenage girls (2010 statistics).

"I was in total shock," Bri said. She went to a clinic for another test to make sure, then another doctor's office to make triple sure.

They made two decisions right away. First, she was going to have the baby. Neither of them is particularly religious or political, but they didn't feel like abortion was the right choice for them.

Second, they would only tell Sam's best friend, Brad Bennett.

"You guys can do this," Brad said.

• • •

Bri was pregnant, and Sam had a secret growing inside him.

His football team crushed Glencoe, but over the next three weeks he played two of the worst games of his life. When basketball season started, Sam wasn't any better. Bri wore loose sweaters to his games, but rumors started to spread.

"I was depressed at school," Sam said. "People started looking at me like I was an alien."

Sam and Bri put together a notebook with one page labeled "Adoption" and another labeled "Parenting." They wrote down the pros and cons of giving away and keeping the baby.

After passing the first trimester, they decided to tell their parents. Bri's family was "devastated, scared and disappointed," she said.

Sam told his mother first because he feared what his dad would say. His mother didn't take it well. She implored him to tell his father.

Sam waited until Thanksgiving Day. He went into his dad's room and closed the door. When he finally heard the news, Dave Riddle gave his son a hug as an offer of support.

"Things happen," Dave said.

Dave Riddle has been a physical education teacher for more than three decades. He thought, at the time, he knew how to talk to kids. His first bit of advice to his son was reassuring. "We're going to be OK," Dave said. "We're going to work through this together."

But the more Dave thought about it, the more he wanted his son to pursue a college scholarship than he wanted him to be a teenage dad. Dave knew he didn't have the money to pay for his son's college education. He thought a football scholarship would be the only option if Sam wanted a degree.

Believing his son couldn't juggle football, academics and being a father, Dave suggested abortion as the best option for the young couple.

"We were pushing in that direction," Dave said. "I wrestled with it a lot."

The breaking of the news was merely the first step along a road of uncomfortable family discussions about Bri's pregnancy. Parents, being parents, had a lot of advice. And so did grandparents and extended family and friends and anybody else who heard about the quarterback with the kid on the way.

Secretly, Sam and Bri had already decided she would keep the baby, and they would raise him together.

But their relatives wanted to meet. Everyone pledged their support no matter what the young couple decided. But ...

"We were getting swarmed by opinions," Sam said. "Everyone was pushing adoption or abortion."

"We knew we had such a strong relationship," Bri said. "We knew we could make it."

Decisions are tough, but carrying that baby to term was tougher on Bri.

She was in the hospital "five to seven times" with kidney infections and "cholestasis," a pregnancy disorder in which digestive fluid does not flow properly from the liver.

Sam worried that cholestasis could cause the baby to arrive stillborn. (Although evidence linking stillbirths to the disorder is not clear.)

In the end, his worst fears didn't come true.

Mason Riddle was born May 28, 2013, at 2:22 p.m.

"I cut the cord, and I watched the whole thing," Sam said. "It was the best moment of my life."

Suddenly, Sam's life changed drastically. He quickly found out what it's like to be up all night mixing formula and trying to get Mason fed. For the last month of his senior year, he went to school bleary-eyed.

And the birth had triggered something in the people around him. They stopped being critical. They stopped having opinions about what the young couple should do.

Dave Riddle questions why he ever suggested abortion.

"When I spend time with Mason," the new grandfather said, "I'm almost ashamed of myself. I have changed a lot. I've come to appreciate Sam's handling of the situation."

Relatives and friends chipped in to help with day care, allowing Sam to get a job working as a cook/dishwasher at Duke's BBQ Pit. Bri eventually became a receptionist.

They were like a young married couple, juggling school, jobs and a kid.

But they weren't married.

On July 25, 2013 — Bri's birthday — Sam took her to Paradise Nails. A week earlier Sam, an old-fashioned guy at heart, had asked Bri's father for permission to marry his daughter. Sam was given a ring that had been in Bri's family for years.

That ring was hidden at the nail salon.

In the middle of Bri's manicure, Sam said he got on one knee and the manicurist slipped the ring on Bri's finger. Bri's memory isn't as clear. She laughed when she said she doesn't remember Sam getting on his knee.

She said yes.

• • •

Three days after he proposed, Sam was more depressed than he had ever been.

He had committed to play football at the University of North Dakota, and it was time to go.

On July 28, 2013, he said goodbye to his fiancée and 2-month-old son.

"Having to say goodbye to Mason was the hardest thing I've ever done," Sam said.

Bri said she'd been crying "for three whole weeks" before Sam left. Her last words to him were: "Just go."

"I know," Bri said, "he didn't want to leave. I didn't want him to give up an opportunity."

Before his first week at his new school was done, Sam Riddle had called Linfield College, which was about a 40-minute drive from where Bri and Mason were living with her grandparents.

Linfield, a Division III school that does not offer athletic scholarships, was where Sam had gone to football camps as a young quarterback.

"I told Linfield there's no way I'm going to be able to stay (at North Dakota)," Sam said. "I'm coming home. I don't know how. I don't know when. But I'm coming home."

Sam took classes and went to football practice. But his heart was already in Oregon.

Dave Riddle tried to persuade his son to stay in North Dakota. "I wasn't getting where he was coming from," Dave said. "I just didn't get it. I was thinking of his future. I was financially motivated."

Sam called his dad and said, "There's no way you can stop me."

Before he finished a month at UND, Sam used money he had earned at the BBQ Pit and bought a train ticket home.

He called a meeting with UND head coach Chris Mussman, who knew Sam was struggling.

When Sam walked into the coach's office, a form sat on the table in front of him. Once he signed it, his scholarship would be revoked.

"That was the low point of our relationship," Dave Riddle said.

Sam Riddle signed the form, leaving him one last thing to do in North Dakota.

Get on that train.

He could not have known at the time how perfect Linfield would be. He would get financial grants and aid, and a campus job in maintenance, to help pay for college. He would be the starting quarterback before the third game of his sophomore year.

He would be living on campus during the week and have a short ride to Bri's grandparents' house to join his family on weekends.

His dad would look at him differently. "What I'm most proud of is how he stepped up as a man," Dave said.

He couldn't have known as he sat on that train how he would make Bri feel. "I get goosebumps watching him play," she said. "It warms my hear to have Mason on my lap saying 'Daddy, Daddy.'"

Bri was crying before Sam got home. She was there at the train station with Mason, just the two of them.

Sam saw the sign as the train pulled to a stop. "Welcome home Daddy."

Mason's hand print was on the sign.

It was painted cardinal and purple — Linfield Wildcats colors.

Sam Riddle was finally home.

Note:


--Wildcatville made one edit to this story. Linfield colors changed from "red and purple" to cardinal and purple.    

--A link to the U.S. public domain map, which Wildcatville edited to include Hillsboro, Ore., and Grand Forks, N.D.,  is here.



Friday, November 21, 2014

McMinnville N-R 11/21/2014 edition coverage about Linfield Football, death of player Parker Moore

Link to McMinnville N-R 11/21/2014 coverage http://bit.ly/1xA91Bo

Photo below taken by Wildcatville on 11/20/2014.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Linfield 11/20/2014 celebration of life for Parker Moore







Celebration of life service started at 7 o'clock in the evening Thursday 11/20/2014 on the Linfield College McMinnville, Ore., campus in Ted Wilson Gym in the college's athletic/PE building  campus next to the Coach Paul Durham statue.  The "We Love U" decal and wristband are related to Linfield Football, but not directly related to the service. Wildcatville photos.

What a tragedy it was to lose him.

Wildcatville attended the celebration of life service for Parker Moore the evening of 11/20/2014 on the Linfield campus in Ted Wilson Gym.

"Take aways" from the event are that Parker:

--was like a brother. He was caring, hard-working and often went beyond his comfort zone and friends to reach out to others to be helpful.

--loved sports and football, but he was more than "just" an athlete. He had faith. He loved his family.

--worked hard at all his did ... academics ... football ... being a Linfield dorm resident assistant.


He loved life.

Many of us did not know him. Now we do. What a tragedy it was to lose him.

Links to Salem, Ore., Statesman-Journal photos/Parker Moore

Link to photos by Anna Reed, Salem, Ore., Statesman-Journal, of  11/20/2014 Parker Moore celebration of life service on the Linfield campus.

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/picture-gallery/news/crime/2014/11/20/parker-moore-memorial-at-linfield-college/70039812

Photos from 11/16/2014

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/media/cinematic/gallery/19145581

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tears for Parker #35 Linfield


Music: 'Lament,' John Etheridge, classical guitarist

Posted 11/19/2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Linfield football shutout (goose eggs) wins

Photo, story and shutout statistics thanks to Dennis Anderson, Wildcatville contributor.
Merri Sayers decorates a wooden goose egg to commemorate each shutout by a Linfield football team. This season there have been two, by identical 59-0 scores, over George Fox and Pacific.

The goose eggs are presented to Defensive Coordinator Jackson Vaughan.

Sayers owns the Merri Artist art supplies store on NE Third Street between Davis and Evans in McMinnville.

In the "old days" when Jay Locey was defensive coordinator, he received real goose eggs from Harvest Fresh store in McMinnville. The wooden goose eggs last longer.

The 59-0 shutout of Pacific on November 15 secured Linfield's sixth consecutive Northwest Conference championship and berth in the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament.


LINFIELD FOOTBALL SHUTOUT (GOOSE EGGS) FOOTBALL WINS

1897 --   
12  Western Oregon  0

1901 --  
45 George Fox  0
Earlier in 1901, George Fox defeated Linfield 54-0 and Linfield played a 0-0 tie with Pacific

1902 --    
3     Oregon State  0
6      Lewis & Clark  0

1903  --  
35    Portland Academy   0

1904  --   
11   Western Oregon   0
43     Portland YMCA   0

1905  --  
12   Pacific   0
Football was suspended at Linfield from 1906 through 1921

1922  --  
20  Pacific   0

1923  --  
16  George Fox  0

1924  --   
13    Chemawa  0

1925  --   
3  Willamette   0
(First victory over Willamette; only points Linfield scored in 7 games in 1925; first season in Northwest Conference)

1926  --    
13    Chemawa   0
55  Western Oregon   0
52     George Fox   0
31     Lewis & Clark   0

1927  --  
19  University of Portland   0
83   Western Oregon   0
6  Oregon City   0
(Also played a scoreless tie with Pacific in 1927)

The Drought Years    
Linfield did not score in its first six games of 1928 and its first five games of 1929; the 'Cats were scoreless in 11 of 12 games.

The Lever Years   
Linfield Hall of Fame coach Henry Lever did not have an auspicious start. In his first season (1930), the Wildcats were shut out in six of eight games. That made it 17 shut-out defeats in 22 games in 1928, 1929 and 1930.

In coach Lever's first three seasons -- through 1932 -- Linfield amassed a record of 4 wins,18 losses and 1 tie. The Wildcats were shut out 10 times and scored more than one touchdown only three times.

Lever's teams improved. They improved so much and his overall contributions to Linfield sports were so great that the street that now fronts Linfield's football, baseball and soccer stadiums is named Lever Street.

1932  --   
14  St. John's Bachelors   0
7  Lewis & Clark   0
12  Pacific   0

1933  --   
18  Pacific   0
15  Lewis & Clark   0
31  Pacific   0

1934  --    
9   University of Portland   0
12   Lewis & Clark   0

1935  --     
6    Whitman   0
14     College of Idaho   0
27    Southern Oregon   0

1935 was Linfield's first Northwest Conference championship team. One of its best players was Paul Durham, who 26 years later would coach Linfield into its first national-championship game.

1935 also included two scoreless ties, with Pacific and Pacific Lutheran, so Linfield actually shut out five of its nine opponents.

1936  --   
45  College of Idaho   0
32  Lewis & Clark   0

1937  --   
{ 6   St. Martin's   0
{12   Central Washington   0
{19   San Francisco State   0
{ = consecutive games

1938  --   
6   College of Idaho   0
Linfield lost by shutout in its first three games of 1938 and its last game of 1937.

1939  --    
7   Western Oregon   0
21   College of Idaho   0

1941  --   
3   St. Martin's   0

1942  --   
50  George Fox   0
 7   Western Oregon   0
Many colleges, especially on the Pacific Coast, suspended their football programs in 1943, '44 and '45 because of World War II.

1946  --  
{20  Whitman  0
{13   British Columbia   0
{43   Lewis & Clark   0
{ = consecutive games
In football's return after World War II, and its first season under coach Wayne Harm,
Linfield lost three of its first five games by shutout, but won its last three by shutout.

1947 --   
23  British Columbia   0
18   St. Martin's    0
18   Western Oregon   0

1948  --   
6  Western Oregon   0   
Paul Durham's first season as coach

1949  --  
49  Eastern Oregon   0
19   Whitman   0
20   Willamette   0
After the 20-0 win over Willamette, Linfield President Harry Dillin stood on his head on the Maxwell Field 50-yard line. He promised to do so because for some 24 years Linfield had not beaten Willamette in the sport.

1950  --   
20  Whitman   0
{34  Southern Oregon   0
{46  British Columbia   0
{  7  College of Idaho   0
{ = consecutive games

1951  --    
6  Pacific   0

1952  --   
27  Southern Oregon   0
16   Eastern Washington   0

1955  --   
29   Willamette   0

1956  --   
No shut-out victories but a 0-0 tie with Portland State

1959  --   
34  Portland State   0
14   College of Idaho   0

1961  --   
52   Whitman   0
46    Pacific   0
Linfield played in NAIA national-championship game for the first of 6 times.

1962  --  
47   College of Idaho   0
39   Portland State   0
 13   Pacific    0

1963  --    
7   Eastern Washington   0
19   College of Idaho    0
{16   Western Washington    0
{21   Whitman     0
 21   Willamette    0
{ =  consecutive games
First time Linfield shut out five teams in same season.

1964  --   
{ 7   Eastern Washington    0
{42   British Columbia    0
6   College of Idaho   0
{31   Portland State    0
{63   Pacific     0
{ =  consecutive games
Second season in a row that Linfield shut out five opponents

1965  --   
17   Pacific Lutheran    0

1966  --   
61   Whitworth     0
21   Pacific Lutheran    0
44   Whitman     0

1967  --   
{24   Portland State    0
{27   Pacific       0
{ =  consecutive games

1968  --   
16   Western Oregon    0
26   Pacific       0
First season for national college Hall of Fame coach Ad Rutschman

1969  --   
14   Lewis & Clark     0
35   College of Idaho    0

1970  --   
10   Central Washington    0
28   Willamette     0

1971  --   
23   Willamette    0

1973  --   
17   Willamette    0

1974  --   
29   Whitman    0

1978  --   
35   Willamette     0
First shutout in 37 games since 1974.

1979  --   
35   Lewis & Clark   0

1980  --   
45   Willamette    0
54    Pacific     0

1982  --   
41   Pacific    0
Linfield won the first of three NAIA Division II national championships in five years with a 12-0-0 record

1983  --   
19  Western Oregon    0

1984  --   
2   Pacific     0
{55  Willamette    0
{26  St. Ambrose (Iowa)    0
{ =  consecutive games
Linfield won NAIA-II national championship with 12-0 record

1986  --   
23   Simon Fraser (Canada)     0
17   Baker (Kansas)    0  NAIA-II national championship game

1990  --   
23   Pacific   0
First shutout in 31 games since 1986

1991  --   
39   Puget Sound      0
40   Western Oregon     0

1992  --  
30   Oregon Tech     0
26    Western Washington    0
Linfield went 12-1; played in NAIA-II national championship game

1994  --     
7   Western Oregon     0

1997  --    
49   Lewis & Clark     0
 Between 1992 and 1997, Linfield played 46 games with one shut-out victory

1999  --   
48   Redlands (California)     0
42    Puget Sound     0

2001  --   
53   Puget Sound    0

2002  --   
57  Puget Sound     0
49   Lewis & Clark    0
35   Whitworth       0

2003  --   
62   Puget Sound     0
55    Lewis & Clark    0

2004  --   
52   Rowan (New Jersey)     0
Linfield won its fourth national championship, and first in NCAA Division III with a 13-0 record. The Northwest Conference moved from the NAIA to NCAA in 1998.

2005  --   
No shut-out victories, but the Wildcats held four opponents to  one touchdown.

2006  --   
40   Lewis & Clark    0

2007  --   
37   Puget Sound     0
24   Pacific Lutheran    0
66   Lewis & Clark     0

2008  --      
9   Menlo  (California)     0
45    Pacific Lutheran     0

2010  --   
38   Menlo      0
52    Lewis & Clark     0

2012  --   
63   Lewis & Clark     0

2013  --   
{45   Case Western (Ohio)     0
{29    Pacific Lutheran     0
{ = consecutive games

2014 --   
59    George Fox      0

59    Pacific              0

Monday, November 17, 2014

On-campus memorial honors Parker Moore, Linfield student-football player


Wildcatville visited the Linfield campus in McMinnville memorial honoring Parker Moore, Linfield student-football player. Photos and video in this slideshow from the visit, 11/17/2014 morning. The memorial is on a fence next to the Memorial Stadium/Maxwell Field secondary entrance near the corner of Lever & Boardman Streets. Below is contributed photo taken after 11/15/2014 Pacific at Linfield football game.  Parker Moore standing on far right.
























Linfield Football Coach Joe Smith (left) visits memorial for Parker Moore, Linfield football player. Podium so visitors may write\leave notes for Moore's family.  Memorial is near Linfield's Memorial Stadium/Maxwell Field, home of Linfield Football. Wildcatville photos taken 11/18/2014 morning. 








Ooney Gagen ‘Linfield Football Gameday Weather Forecast’ exclusively on Wildcatville

NCAA D3 playoff football in McMinnville, Chapman at Linfield, noon, Pacific Standard Time, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. 
Game site: Memorial Stadium at Maxwell Field.

Ooney’s exclusive forecast: 
"Cloudy with about 50 degree temp. Rain likely. If it does rain, consider the rain drops as tears for Parker Moore, Linfield #35. Condolences to his family and to friends, classmates and teammates in the Linfield Wildcats and Woodinville Falcon 'families.' "

#35 Parker Moore, Wildcat sophomore linebacker, 'embodied everything that's good about Linfield,' said Joe Smith, head football coach

Headlines print edition (page 1):  Chance encounter ends in death. Linfield student stabbed at a convenience store
Headline online edition: Linfield's Parker Moore fatally stabbed in 'random act' 
By Saerom Yoo, Salem, Ore., Statesman Journal 11/17/2014
McMINNVILLE – Parker Moore's trip to the 7-Eleven just off Linfield College's campus on Saturday night was not out of the ordinary. It's a frequent destination for many students.
But for the 20-year-old business management major from Woodinville, Wash., the outing that students make every day turned deadly. And based on the police's investigation so far, it could have been anyone who was stabbed to death by a man who had no connection to Moore or the small private school.
"I just don't understand — why him," sophomore Anna Bruns said Sunday. "A lot of Linfield students go there all the time. It could have been any of us."
Investigators were just as stumped.
"We don't really have any reason as to why," Yamhill County Sheriff's Office spokesman Capt. Tim Svenson said.
McMinnville police officers responded to a call of a stabbing at the convenience store about 11:08 p.m. Saturday. The suspect had fled.
While officers were assisting Moore and talking with witnesses, the suspect returned, with a knife in hand. He refused to put down the weapon, and police shot him, Svenson said.
Both Moore and the suspect, tentatively identified as 33-year-old Joventino Bermudez Arenas, died at a hospital.
"This is a random act committed by someone totally unrelated to Parker and unrelated to the campus," Linfield's director of campus safety Ron Noble said at a press conference Sunday.
Yamhill County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigations of the stabbing and the officer-involved shooting.
Investigators spent Sunday morning interviewing witnesses and obtaining surveillance video of the incident, Svenson said.
The officers involved in the incident have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol while the use-of-force investigation continues.
McMinnville Police Chief Matt Scales declined to say how many officers were involved or whether they were veterans.
A makeshift memorial wall adorned with flowers, a Linfield football jersey and candles along a fence of Maxwell Field became a gathering place for students to comfort one another.
Moore was a resident adviser and linebacker on the Linfield football team.
"He embodied everything that's good about Linfield," head football coach Joe Smith said during Sunday's press briefing. "He was a consummate teammate who put everybody first ahead of himself. He was incredibly loyal, a great man of character with a lot of integrity."
Classmates echoed Smith's sentiments.
"I just thought he was really sweet, really caring," Bruns said. "He was just a good individual taken too early."
Sophomore Sean Pellatz walked by the memorial, bumping his fist on the purple jersey on the fence. He stopped at the edge and wept.
"He was the best guy on campus," Pellatz said.
Parker was one of Pellatz first friends at Linfield, and the two golfed together, talked about sports and shared meals. The last time the two saw each other was in a sociology class Thursday.
Both students and officials have said that crimes of this nature are rare at Linfield and McMinnville. Scales said Saturday's was the first officer-involved shooting he has seen in his 21 years with the police department.
"It's one of the reasons we're spending so much time processing the scene and interviewing witnesses," Svenson said. "Because not only do we want to know what happened, we want to give the victim's family some understanding and some closure as to why this happened."