LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. – A public memorial was scheduled Monday night for the man stabbed to death after confronting a burglar at his Lake Oswego home last week.
Friends describe Fritz Hayes, 57, as a man who always had a positive outlook on life. He had recently retired from All Tech 1 Computer Consulting and was “as happy as ever,” according to his friend and former boss, All Tech 1 president Robert McMillen.
"He was more than an employee and coworker," McMillen said. "He was a brilliant engineer and a caring mentor, and most of all a good friend."
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Hayes’ family held a private memorial for him over the weekend. The public memorial was scheduled to begin Monday at 7 p.m., in the Lake Oswego United Church of Christ at 1111 Country Club Road. This will include a candlelight vigil in honor of Fritz.
Police said Hayes was with his wife, Margaret, 56, when he was killed in the stranger-to-stranger attack. Margaret and other family members released a statement thanking officers and the public for all their support so far.
It said this has been very difficult for the family, and the community has helped them, in their time of mourning.
They also asked that anyone wanting to send flowers to the family, instead make a donation to the Humane Society or the Oregon Food Bank.
The suspect in Hayes’ murder, Erik Meiser, was captured Saturday in Corvallis, after a major manhunt. He was arrested at gunpoint outside the Super 8 Motel after tips from the public helped officers track him down. Meiser was described as a white supremacist with a long history of violent crimes nationwide.
A statement from Hayes’ former co-workers said everyone was relieved to hear of Meiser’s arrest Saturday.
“We can now breathe a tentative sigh of relief as we plan to attend the memorial for Fritz, and to celebrate his life and contributions to those lucky enough to have known him.”