Martell Webster’s Mother was Likely Killed by the Green River Killer

Of all the Seattle basketball players, Martell Webster should earn the most community respect and support. His mother, Cora McGuirk is thought to be one of the 70+ victims of Gary Leon Ridgway aka the Green River Killer. Martell was only four years old at the time she disappeared in 1990. The patterns of the killings show the Green River Killer started burying his victims in the late 80’s for two reasons; to avoid the temptation of necrophilia and trying to keep his profile low with the police. Cora’s murder falls into this time period and the likely reason her body was never found is that she was buried somewhere in King County. It was not until 2001 that the Green River Killer was caught by the DNA evidence of four women used against him. He will serve life behind bars although he never admitted to the murder of Cora McGuirk.

Martell Webster was raised from the time of his mothers death on by his grandmother. The first time he was contacted by his father came after he signed his first NBA contract as the 6th overall pick out of high school. The man who drafted Martell Webster was the great Seattle philanthropist, Paul Allen. Of all the children left alone after their Mothers were taken by the Green River Killer, it is safe to assume that Martell Webster is one of the few success stories. Martell is a perfect example of how it takes a village to raise a child. Martell received support from extended family, friends and coaches who all helped him on his path to stardom. It was very lonely for little Webster growing up with no parents and that is why he needs even more fan support. There should be plenty to cheer for as Martell Webster is embarking on his first season away from Portland after being traded to Minnesota where he should carve away a substantial role.

8 Responses to Martell Webster’s Mother was Likely Killed by the Green River Killer
  1. Tyler
    August 18, 2010 | 1:27 pm

    Man Martell i fell your pain. Lost my dad to murder in 94. still messes me up to this day. Plus the dude got out on technicality after 2 years. Gotta be hard to try a case when only evidance is an ear print. hope you ball outta control in minny but not enough to hurt portland

  2. Snot Snail
    August 18, 2010 | 1:59 pm

    As a Blazer fan I will be pulling for Martell to do well in Minnesota. I think that if he becomes a better ball handler, he will be very successful.

  3. mike
    August 18, 2010 | 8:21 pm

    Amazing how truth truely is stranger than fiction…I respectfully must refute the absurd statement “Martell is a perfect example of how it takes a village to raise a child”…However.It takes a family to raise a child and the “village” is the fortunate benefactor of the child…the consequential result of the individual not its surrogate. Families make society possible. All due respect to the Secretary Of State and her flawed logic!

  4. m hillman
    August 18, 2010 | 10:37 pm

    Watch Martell stroke 24 PTS in the third quarter against Utah….unconscious.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMVXnJDBtnI&feature=search

    I really enjoyed watching Martell play in Portland and will continue to root for his further devolopment. He is a class act and loves getting wet.

  5. m hillman
    August 18, 2010 | 10:43 pm

    If you don’t know much about Gary Ridgway (Green River Killer)….here is some light reading for you.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Ridgway

  6. Mal
    September 21, 2010 | 1:40 pm

    Martell was raised by his great aunt, though he called her grandma.

  7. gregory mcguirk
    November 15, 2010 | 11:59 am

    I am cora mcguirk brother I would like to thank all of you for your love and support for me and my family

  8. MetroLeagueVet
    December 15, 2010 | 1:18 pm

    I also knew someone kiled by the Green River killer (Cynthia Hinds rip) whom I grew up with her & her brother (Terry) in the Rainier Vista.

    Wish Martell nothing but the best. RIP to his moms whose spirit he carries on in this life.

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