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March 21, 2014 at 7:22 AM

Death-row inmate wants to give kidney; ailing Ore. man says no

The Associated Press

UPDATE, 4:07 p.m. | NEWBERG, Ore. — A man who’s been standing along the state highway through his town with a sign pleading for a kidney donor says he’s not so desperate he’d accept an organ from a man on Oregon’s death row for killing his wife and three children.

KGW-TV reports that Kevin Gray, of Newberg, was diagnosed with kidney failure in May. Lately he’s been beside Highway 99 West with a sign reading: “Living Kidney Donor Needed. Please help.”

From death row in Salem, Christian Longo saw a report this week about Gray and offered a kidney.

On Friday, Gray said he’s not grateful and “Longo deserves no publicity from this.”

Longo was convicted in 2003 of killing his family members on the Oregon coast.

ORIGINAL POST | NEWBERG, Ore. — Oregon death row inmate Christian Longo wants to donate a kidney to a Newberg man so desperate he’s been standing on a corner with a sign asking for an organ.

Longo inquired after a news story on Kevin Gray, of Newberg, who has kidney failure and is on a donor waiting list.

Longo says he and other inmates would be interested in donating organs if they were allowed.

In 2003, Longo was sentenced to death for killing his wife and three children on the Oregon coast. He has become an advocate for inmate organ donation and wanted to donate his organs after his execution. Gov. John Kitzhaber’s moratorium on executions in 2011 halted that idea.

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