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Coquille Tribe To Hold Prayer Ceremony For North Bend Victims

Brian Bull

A Native American ceremonial prayer fire for the victims of last Friday’s violence in North Bend is being held today. 

It’ll be near the area where murder suspect Oen Nicholson ran over a Florida couple with a stolen truck.

The Coquille Tribe says the incident is especially painful for them, because the hit-and-run happened at the Mills Casino RV Park, which they own and operate. 

Nicholson is facing ten charges, including multiple counts of murder.  Anthony Oyster died from his injuries Friday morning, while his wife, Linda, is hospitalized in critical condition. Nicholson is suspected of killing two other people, including his father. He’s currently in the custody of Wisconsin authorities.

The Coquille Tribe’s event starts at 5:30pm (June 22)  on the south end of the park. People of all faiths are welcome.  Due to the sacred and private nature of the prayer ceremony, recording and photography are discouraged.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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