Tragedy Strikes Oregon Lacrosse Community
|Frederick "Fritz" Hayes|
updated 09.23.2012 at 2.15 p.m.
The suspect in the murder of Fritz Hayes was arrested in Corvallis, Ore., on Saturday afternoon. Read the full Oregonian report here.
original story 09.19.2012 at 10.02 a.m.
The Oregon lacrosse community is reeling after a widely respected official was killed early Monday in what local police have called a rare occurrence of stranger-on-stranger violence.
Frederick "Fritz" Hayes, 57, was fatally stabbed by an intruder in his Lake Oswego, Ore., home. Hayes' wife, Margaret, was present but uninjured. Police on Tuesday were still searching for the suspect, who they say ran off and who has no apparent connection to Hayes, an official in Oregon who was a board member and treasurer of the state's lacrosse officials association for the past four years.
Hayes, who had retired five months ago from a career in the information technology industry, was very involved in the development and training of youth lacrosse officials for the Oregon Youth Lacrosse Association, according to Oregon Lacrosse Officials Association board secretary Dan Badders. Hayes became an official in 2007.
"The comments that keep coming in from coaches and other officials ... always refer to him as 'a true gentlemen and a professional official,'" Badders said.
Richard Roy, the head coach of Nadzitsaga-Harney in Burns, Ore., is one who feels that way. He said Hayes once volunteered to drive 300 miles one way to officiate a Nadzitsaga-Harney game against Roseburg High in Klamath Falls, Ore., last October, then Hayes helped line the field when he arrived.
"On game day, I had to line the field because no one in Klamath Falls had any experience lining a lacrosse field. Fritz shows up early, comes out on the field rolls up his sleeves and helps me," said Roy, who also penned a remembrance of Hayes for LaxAllStars.com. "He didn't have to do that. He wanted to make sure that the event went on without a hitch. After the game, my team and Roseburg put on a lacrosse clinic for the local kids and parents. Fritz was right there watching the clinic. He could have just hopped in his car drove home. No, he stuck around and watched.
"The lacrosse community lost a great ambassador of the game," Roy said. "I know I will miss him. I truly enjoyed coaching games that Fritz was officiating."
To honor Hayes, an upcoming LAREDO 3 (LAcrosse REferee DevelOpment) event scheduled in Portland for Oct. 5-7, originally named the Lax NW Fall Tournament, will be named the Fritz Hayes Memorial Invitational.
"He was a very good person and he loved the game of lacrosse and worked to support our association motto: honor the game," Badders said.
Anyone with information concerning the crime or suspect is asked to contact the Clackamas County (Ore.) Sheriff's Office tip line at 503-723-4949 or by using an online form.