Ontario shooting victim was a Garden Valley standout athlete

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by Andrea Lutz

NWCN.com

Posted on March 1, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 2 at 10:52 PM

GARDEN VALLEY – 19-year-old gunshot victim Ramon Fry is a 2010 graduate of Garden Valley High School, and known as a standout athlete in the community.

In the community of Garden Valley, word traveled fast about what happened to Fry on Wednesday at a home in Ontario, Oregon.

“A lot of us were calling around to his family members,” said Jen Van Dyk, a teacher at Garden Valley High School. “I was really, really worried about Ramon and how he was going to be and if he was going to make it.”

Lester and Erlene Reger were taken into custody Wednesday accused of trying to kill Fry, the father of their grandchild.

Authorities found Fry with the gunshot wounds in an area near Triand Drive where the Reger’s live. He was rushed to the hospital and later Lester and Erlene were arrested.

Fry was flown to St. Alphonsus Hospital and Thursday a spokesperson for St. Alphonsus could not give Fry’s condition, but he was previously listed in stable condition.

“It shocked me that it happened and I know there were a couple of other teachers that were bothered about it,” said Garden Valley High School Athletic Director Bob Powell.

Powell said Fry leaves a big legacy at Garden Valley High School

“He was the first and only wrestler that took a State Champion for Garden Valley and then he did it twice in a row,” said Powell.

“He brought the wrestling program, he kind of turned it around so everybody wanted to be a wrestler and the kids that are wrestling now want to be like him,” said Van Dyk. “He was really active in all kinds of school things; he cared about his classes.”

Van Dyk said classes have continued for Fry now that he is out of high school. He is enrolled in a nursing program at Treasure Valley Community College.

The teachers and staff at Garden Valley High School said Thursday that they are hoping Fry recovers soon.

“(He is) kind of bubbly, he’s like I said, a really good enthusiastic kid,” said Powell.

Wednesday, 61-year-old Lester Reger and his wife, 50-year-old Erlene were arraigned on charges of attempted murder and assault.

It's unclear who investigators believe pulled the trigger but they do know someone shot Fry in the back of the head.

Thursday, police scoured their hillside looking for the gun. A judge released Erlene on bail, but Lester's bond is set at $500,000 because of his criminal history.

 

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