Our Story: The Matthew Bellamy Project was founded after the death of our eleven year old son Matthew on January 22, 2010. He left school that afternoon with a friend for what was to be a normal sleepover. It 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 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.
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. 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 him.
Our family now works through the Matthew Bellamy 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 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.