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Jason: Loved sports, dancing


   Culver teacher Sarah Cox, who had Jason in her freshman reading class, remembers him as being a quiet, polite and talented student.
   "He seemed very adult to me. A lot of kids aren't able to talk to adults, but Jason was very personable with adults," Cox said.
   She said Jason and his sister Tina were refreshing in that they didn't complain like a lot of teenagers.
   "Neither ever complained about anything. Both put forth a lot of effort and were real positive people. They didn't make excuses for themselves," she noted.
   Like his brothers, Jason was involved in sports as well as dance. He played soccer, baseball and wrestled, and took tap break dance and jazz lessons at the High Desert Arts Dance Studio in Madras.
   Culver Wrestling Coach J.D. Alley said Jason wrestled at 119 pounds, had been in the mat club since fifth grade, was always respectful, at practice on time and worked hard as a freshman in wrestling. But dance was where he really shined.
   "(Dance) was that family's forte. Jason went to dance lessons three nights a week and I usually let him out of my practice to do that," Alley said.
   Mat Club Coach Loren Stills said Jason tried really hard in junior high wrestling and said all three Roe boys were always there volunteering to help out at wrestling tournaments by working tables or the concession stand.
   Stills also mentioned Jason's artistic side, saying he could draw as well as dance.
   "Jason and Tina did a choreographed dance routine at the middle school graduation and performed at Culver Homecoming. Jason was pretty good at that," Stills said.
   Dance studio owner and instructor Caroline Kaiser said her students and instructors were so hard hit by the tragedy that classes were canceled and a gathering was held at the studio last Thursday.
   "About 30 kids came and their parents brought flowers and dance pictures (of the Roe children) from different years. We just talked and cried. It was very nice, very healing."
   "There had been that sense when of all of a sudden something is torn out from under you. They started out just as someone we saw weekly, but became part of the fabric of our lives, Kaiser said.