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.