Keith Norman, Forum Communications Co., Published September 30 2010
Teen’s memorial rebuilt after fireJAMESTOWN, N.D. – Friends and acquaintances of Shyler Harr continue to add flowers and other mementos to an impromptu memorial at the scene of the crash that took his life Sunday.
The new items join the ashes of earlier items that were burned in a fire.
The fire occurred sometime between Monday evening and Tuesday noon, according to the Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office.
“The incident is still under investigation,” said Sheriff Dave Orr. “We need to determine if it was arson and proceed with the investigation.”
Even though the memorial is being rebuilt by friends, the situation has upset Shyler’s family.
“Somebody burned it up,” said Laverne Harr, Shyler’s grandmother. “I have no thoughts about who did it, but they’re sick, just sick.”
Harr said the fire has made the grieving process more difficult for the family.
“We’re just numb,” she said. “It’s tough to describe how we feel after this fire. And how do others that placed things there feel? You just don’t want to believe someone would behave this way.”
Despite the destruction of the earlier items, young people continued to visit the scene and add to the memorial Tuesday afternoon.
“I’ve got nothing I can say about this,” said Jacelee Samuelson, 15, Jamestown. “It still seems like a bad dream.”
Another visitor to the memorial said she was there despite not knowing Shyler well.
“Even though I didn’t know him, I’m so upset,” said Jordan Schlenker, 15, Jamestown.
Shyler, a Jamestown resident and student at Pingree-Buchanan Public School, was killed in a car accident early Sunday morning on a rural road north of the Stutsman County Fairgrounds. Injured in the accident was Chance DeCouteau, 15, Jamestown, who remains hospitalized in Fargo. The accident was discovered Sunday morning.
Keith Norman is a writer for The Jamestown Sun