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Students to Unite to Display 'Purple for Pam'

A "Purple for Pam" event has been organized on Friday at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School.

"Purple for Pam" will honor the memory of Pamela Wells, shown here, at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School on Friday.
"Purple for Pam" will honor the memory of Pamela Wells, shown here, at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School on Friday.

Students at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School will unite Friday in their support for the family of two of their classmates whose mother was killed while on a 100-mile bicycle ride last weekend.

Students, faculty and staff are being encouraged to wear purple on Friday as part of an effort being called “Purple for Pam” - showing support for the family of Pam Wells.

Wells’ children, Elise and Alex, are both students at the school. Alex is a senior and Elise is a junior. A college fund has been set up at Salem Five bank for the two students.

Friday’s “Purple for Pam” effort was being publicized at the school on Thursday, plus on its Facebook and Twitter pages.

Wells, 60, is the Hamilton wife and mother who was killed Saturday in Hampton, N.H. while taking part in a 100-mile bicycle ride. A 19-year-old woman, who did not have a license, ran into four bicyclists taking part in the Granite State Wheelers Seacoast Century ride.

The crash killed Wells and Elise M. Bouchard, 52, and injured two other riders. The driver, Darriean Hess of Seabrook, N.H. has been charged with two counts of negligent homicide and two counts of second-degree assault and is being held on $50,000 bail.

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