Created In loving memory of Connor Ausland and Jack Harnsongkram, two beautiful lives that were taken far too soon.
On February 5th, 2011, the community of south Eugene, Oregon was changed forever when it lost two amazing boys to tragedy. Jack and Connor were two of South Eugene High School's most vibrant, talented seniors, as leaders in varsity sports and the Integrated Outdoor Program. Jack was a carefree, vivacious 17-year-old who loved cooking and traveling, managed to make friends with everyone, and never took a smile off his face. Connor, 18, was a role model to many -- dedicated to everything from basketball and ultimate frisbee to music and dance.
Ironically, Connor was a DIEHARD Justin Bieber fan. This came as a surprise to most people because he was a 6'4", handsome, athletic, popular, eighteen-year-old boy -- not Bieber's typical fan. In the aftermath of the tragedy, as people paid tribute to the boys, Connor became the catalyst of Justin Bieber's influence on the South Eugene community. In the midst of profound grief, a bit of joy emerged as people close to Connor took on his idol as their own. They spread the spirit, causing a Bieber fever to grow throughout the high school and college community. Before long, when people listened to Bieber's music they couldn't help but think of Connor. As a super talented and compassionate student and person himself, Connor seemed to have the same "star" quality and swag of his idol. He was confident and original enough to dare to idolize a pop-star tween hero. "If Connor can like Bieber, so can I, " became the spirit.
Memories of Connor and Jack will forever be carried on in the South Eugene community through Bieber's music.