EAGLE POINT, Ore. — Bouquets of flowers lined the porch at the Sell family’s home in Eagle Point Thursday afternoon. Earlier this week, the Sell’s youngest son, Nick, a Marine, was killed in a training accident out side of Palm Springs, California. Long time family friend Sarah Thornton was close to Nick.
“I feel like I’ve known Nick since the beginning of time,” said Thornton.
Thornton first met Nick through the Boy Scouts when he was younger and over the years the two families became very close. Thornton said Nick exemplified what it meant to be an Eagle Scout and Marine.
“Nick always wanted to give back to his family, to his friends, to his community, to his country. It was very important to him,” said Thornton.
Thornton remembers Nick always willing to help others, to cheer up others, or go where ever he was needed at a moment’s notice.
“Always ready to go, whether it was getting in the car and trying to find the best place to go and drink coffee or going to a place to protect this country, he was ready to go,” said Thornton.
Thornton spoke on behalf of the family who is thankful for the support from the community and asks to be kept in thoughts and prayers.
“They’re supporting one another always and they’re trying to move forward and it’s very difficult for everyone,” said Thornton.
The family has set up a memorial fund in his name. If you would like to help, click here.