My last entry was about the vigilante double-murder of two Washington registrants, Jerry Wayne Ray and Gary Blanton. I was outraged then, and I'm truly grieving now. I spoke with Leslie Blanton, Gary's widow several times on the phone, which was incredibly difficult and made the emotions even more real.
Leslie is a young struggling (now single) mother with two little boys. She needs help not just with funeral costs but with everyday costs such as bills and food, as Gary was the sole provider. She has no family in the area and Gary's family is not in the picture. The state, town and police are offering little support and on top of this, she is still facing harassment from the public.
For her safety, I will not be posting her address publicly. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to send a card, a donation, or any items she may need (non-perishable food, kids/baby items, dry goods, etc.) Alternately, you may send a donation through Laurie Draper Jones of Georgia Rising here: Donations for Leslie Blanton.
FUNERAL HOME ADDRESS:
Harper Ridgeview Funeral Chapel
105 West 4th St
PO Box 340
Port Angeles, WA 98362
For Gary and Leslie Blanton
Thank you so very much for your compassion and please help us rally around Leslie and her boys and let them know that Gary's death was not in vain. This is NOT okay, and it needs to change.
Please note when and if we get information about Jerry Ray's family, we will post that here as well.
Leslie Blanton speaks out (news clip)