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How to help survivors and honor Moscow victims

Last week’s tragedy in Moscow had a impact on the area’s community, including Washington State University. Many of WSU employees are asking what can be done to offer assistance and express their grief and support. Following is a brief summary in that regard.

Becky Newbill – wife of the slain Moscow Police Officer, Lee Newbill – has been a teacher in the WSU Children’s Center for nearly 10 years. Her own children and grandchildren are in the process of traveling to Moscow from Oklahoma, Germany and Montana. A collection is being taken to help defray travel expenses. If you would like to contribute, donations will be accepted at the front desk of the Children’s Center. Checks may also be mailed to: WSU Children’s Center; P.O. Box 643454; Washington State University; Pullman, WA. 99164.

Contributions are also being accepted at the Lee Newbill Foundation which has been established at U.S. Bank in Moscow. Donations may be dropped off or mailed to: U.S. Bank; 301 S. Main St.; Moscow, Idaho 83843.                                

The Newbill family also supports donations to the organization called COPS – Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. Information is available on the web site: .  Mailing address is: COPS; P.O. Box 3199; 3096 S. State Highway 5; Camdenton, MO  65020   Phone: 573-346-4911.

Crystal Hamilton, who had recently begun working in the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication, was also a victim of the violence – and left behind several pets including birds, freshwater and saltwater fish, a dog and a cat. They are being cared for by a friend. The School of Communication also has set up a site for donations to help provide for the pets. Contributions are being accepted at the Washington State Employees Credit Union – account number 5514924. More information can be found on the School of Communication website at:

A memorial for Lee Newbill will be held 1 p.m. Friday, May 25, at the University of Idaho Kibbie Dome. Funeral services for Chrystal Hamilton is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 26, at the Moscow Church of the Nazarene. (The location has been moved from Short’s Funeral Chapel.)

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