On Oct. 24, Hamburg community was rocked by the loss of one of their own:  14 year-old Cameron Owen.  
While riding a four-wheeler in an area field, Owen had an accident that took his life.  
While nothing can take away the pain of that tragedy, the community rallied around his family, coming together to show his parents, Randy and Lora Lea, and his brother, Connor, that they cared and that Cameron had touched so many lives he would not soon be forgotten.
At the Hamburg School, Superintendent Mike Wells said the day following Cameron's death was spent in recognizing the students’ grief and confusion.
“We had the students in small groups and they worked with the AEA grief counselors, our counselor J.H. Wolf, and staff.  As part of the grieving process they did a release of grief by writing notes which they put on Cam's locker,” Wells explained.
Wells said grief counselors were in the building the next day, too, and staff were also encouraged to express their grief  and share their emotions.
“We want children to know we are all hurting and it is a natural thing to cry when we lose someone we love,” Wells continued. “Our school came together and celebrated Cam's life.”
A staff meeting was held to identify staff and children that were especially struggling with the loss, and plans were made to continue to meet each day at school with these children to  continue to talk and work through the pain.  

The school sent a letter home to parents about Cameron’s death and some of the signs parents should take special note of.  They were given contact numbers to call for grief counseling and support.  
Wells explained, “about twenty-five percent of people react immediately in these situations, but most react days or weeks later so we want to make sure we are taking care of each other today and in the future.”
The staff plans to do a memorial at the burial site which is yet to be determined, perhaps a bench if it is permissible, and the staff/students would like to name the farm school, "Cameron Owen Farm School".  
At Sidney schools where Cameron’s brother Connor attends, clergy and members of the AEA grief response team were also called in.  The staff there are also taking pains to be aware of students who may show signs of needing support and will continue to monitor how the students are coping in the coming days and weeks.  The Student Council held a Hat Day in Cameron’s honor and raised over $300 for the family.
The staff at Fremont-Mills school sent out a Facebook invite to all students PK-12 to join them in wearing hats on November 2nd in Memory of Cameron Owen. Students will be charged $1.00 to wear a hat and all proceeds will go to the family.
On Thursday evening, Oct. 27th, the Owens held a visitation greeting friends, family and community members at the Marnie Simons Elementary/Middle School Gymnasium.  
That visitation was intended to last from 6-8 p.m., but extended long past that hour due to the sheer volume of visitors who wanted to offer their condolences and come together to support the family.
Funeral services were held Friday afternoon, October 28th at St. John's Lutheran Church in Westboro, Mo.
The Fremont County Extension Office cancelled their CyDay Friday events and closed at 2:45 p.m. on Friday to allow staff to attend the funeral.  4-H members were invited to meet at the Extension Office in Sidney by 2:30 p.m. to carpool to the church.
With everyone wondering what they could do to help the Owen family, various funds were started to help them with expenses during their loss.   A GoFundMe account was started, as well as a Booster.com account, “Cameron Owen’s Legacy”, which is selling t-shirts for $20 to help the family with expenses.
The family has asked that memorials in Cameron’s honor   be given to the Washington P.E.P. 4-H Club, Hamburg Community School - Student Senate, Hamburg Community School - Scuba Diving or Hamburg Community School - Outdoor Education.
Even though he was only 14, Owen touched many lives.  People in the community can’t resist sharing special memories from times spent with him in 4-H, sports, school, and enjoying the outdoors.  Community members, family and friends continue to post comments about what a sweet, fun person he was, and photos abound on Facebook showing his big smile and laughing eyes.
While nothing could possibly fill the hole in the Owen family’s hearts, the community has come together to support them while they heal.  When times are darkest, someone will be around to remind them that the Cameron they knew is making new friends in Heaven and smiling down on the family and friends he left behind.