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Military & Veterans

Eugene Veteran Remembered One Year After Tragic Death

Rachael McDonald

Wednesday marks the one year anniversary of the death of Brian Babb. The Oregon Army National Guard veteran was shot by Eugene Police while suffering from a mental health crisis. His family is holding a benefit Wednesday in Eugene to celebrate Babb’s life.

The Babb family is working on a federal bill they hope will prevent other veterans from dying like Brian Babb did. A year ago, Eugene police were called to Babb’s home. He was experiencing Post Traumatic Stress. Police say he pointed a gun out the door at them. Brian’s little sister, Stephanie Babb says Brian’s Bill would establish an independent team of veterans to help in crisis situations.
Babb: “What we’re looking for is a different organization to be a first responder and to be called when this comes up. Because, I think they understand each other and there’s less of a threat if they’re not wearing a uniform and holding a gun.”
The shooting of Brian Babb was ruled justified by an interagency law enforcement team, but there are still questions about the manner of his death. Stephanie Babb says the event Wednesday is about celebrating who Brian was, not how he died.
Babb: “Brian was really funny, very gregarious and charismatic and he would love this.”
The celebration of Brian Babb’s life will include live music, food and a no-host bar. It’s at the Vets Club Wednesday evening from 7 to 10.

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