Matthew Bellamy Project was founded after the death of our eleven year old son Matthew on January 22, 2010. He left school with a friend for what was to be a normal sleepover that quickly turned into our worst nightmare when he was accidentally shot and killed by his twelve year old friend. The gun that killed Matthew was left unsecured on a
bed in their guest room; no one checked to see if it was unloaded. Our son's death was an accident, but it is one that could have and should have been prevented.
was a precious, loving little boy. He always had a smile on his face
and you simply could not be in a bad mood around him. He loved
God, his family and his friends. His favorite sports were soccer, baseball, and
basketball. He loved going to church, watching Sponge Bob, eating
pizza, text messaging his friends, playing computer games and doing
anything outdoors. Most of all Matthew just loved life! He was
never afraid to show affection to his family. He had many friends and
did not see color or differences in others. Matthew lived his life fully and
completely; loving others and giving of himself generously. He lived his
brief life in a way that should be an example to us all. He touched
many lives in his eleven years on this earth. We now
believe that through his death, he will touch and change countless
lives. Matthew was
a truly happy person and left a lasting impression on all who knew
Our family now works through the Matthew Project to prevent these types of accidents for other families. We pray that other families will hear of Matthew's untimely,
preventable death and take action to protect the children in their
lives. Our lives have been forever changed by the death
of our son. It is our hope that by sharing our story, another family
will be spared the heartbreak we continue to live with every day.
Chip, Mylissa & Will Bellamy
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Bellamy family owns guns and respects the right of others to do so.
However, in spite of the fact that they keep their guns locked in a safe, where their children cannot access them, they lost a child due to an unsecured gun.
They share their story:
Encouraging adults to be responsible for the proper unloading and storage of their firearms.
Encouraging adults to educate children about gun safety and the proper handling of firearms.
Urging parents to ask: "Are there unsecured firearms where my children play"?