the Matthew Bellamy Project

Gun Safety Through Education


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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.

Romans 8:28




The Matthew Bellamy Project was founded after our 11 year old son and brother, Matthew, was accidentally shot and killed by a friend in January 2010.  The gun that killed him was left loaded and unsecured on a bed in a friend's home. Matthew went home from school to spend the night with that friend and shortly after arriving at their home, he was accidentally shot and killed by his 12-year old friend. Matthew's death was an accident, but it was one that could and should have been prevented.

Matthew 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. He loved playing 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. He 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 him.  Our prayer is that other families will hear of his 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/brother.  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





The 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 away where their children cannot access them, they lost a child to a horrible shooting accident. They share their story,


  • asking adults to educate children about the proper handling of guns

  • asking adults to be responsible for the proper unloading and storage of firearms.

  • urging parents to ask: Are there unsecured firearms where my children play?


The Matthew Project provides FREE gun locks to anyone who has unsecured firearms.

Chip and Mylissa are available to speak for your organizationspreading their message of safety and story of hope. Please call or email them for more information.







Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  Hebrews 11:1


Matthew Kenneth Bellamy

August 18, 1998 - January 22, 2010