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Parents of murder victim target illegal guns


Pamela and Richard Wilson have funneled their grief into action, by targeting gun violence and drawing attention to the problem of illegal guns. At their urging, the City of Bellingham has joined in this effort.

In November 2009, Wilson's son Bryan Marriott, 43, was found shot to death next to his vehicle in the 300 block of East Ivy Street in Bellingham. Prior to the shooting, witnesses heard an argument. Witnesses also reported seeing a dark-colored passenger car leaving the area.

His murder remains unsolved. The Bellingham Police Department is offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest in this case. Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound is offering a $1,000 reward.

Bellingham Mayor Dan Pike has joined more than 500 mayors across the state and nation in the effort to eliminate illegal guns by signing on to the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition. The coalition promotes maximum punishment for criminals involved with illegal guns, accountability for irresponsible gun dealers, access to shared federal and state information to combat illegal gun trafficking, and other efforts to target illegal guns.

According to the coalition, more than 12,000 Americans are murdered with hand guns each year, for an average of about 34 per day.  A large percentage of the guns used in crimes are obtained illicitly, trafficked illegally, or purchased without the required background check.

"Should this coalition succeed in stopping gun violence of any type, it is well worth the effort," Richard Wilson said. "Nothing can bring our son back, but maybe we can stop other families from becoming victims of gun violence."

Anyone with information about the Bryan Marriott case, should call Detective Dan Kelsh at the Bellingham Police Department.

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Published: Apr 22, 2011

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