SEO Consultant's Parents Senselessly Murdered

Jun 19, 2013 • 8:09 am | comments (8) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Search Engine Industry News

Renae and Lola CottamOne thing about the SEO industry is that for the most part, we are a tight community and we do care about each other. When I hear sad news about a fellow SEO, I feel it in the pit of my stomach. So sharing this type news is something I do here on occasion.

The Register Guard reports that 65-year-old man named Edward Nelson is accused of killing his wife and two neighbors, Renae Cottam and Lola Cottam, both 73. He then set fire to the two homes to cover it up.

Why he did it is unclear but what we do know is that this was a senseless murder of three good people.

Renae Cottam and Lola Cottam are the parents of a respected SEO consultant in Oregon. After losing a parent this past year myself, I know how hard this can be. But to lose two parents like this, I just cannot imagine it.

The SEO community is grieving with you.

If you want to do something, you can donate to their local libary in memory of Renae and Lola Cottam. To do so, go to and donate to the Myrtle Point Public Library.

Matt Cutts, Google's distinguished engineer, wrote on Google+:

There's an SEO consultant in Oregon whose parents were murdered just a few days ago . It's really terrible news, but folks are looking for a way to turn this tragedy into something positive.

Renae and Lola Cottam loved their local library and always wanted to help rebuild it. Someone put up a donation page in case anyone wants to donate in their memory:

Forum discussion at Google+.

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06/19/2013 03:27 pm

@Tim, that is the worst comment I've ever read. This is neither the time nor the place to lash out at Google. An SEO consultant lost his parents. Show some class, man.


06/19/2013 03:38 pm

I think that is SPAM.


06/19/2013 03:39 pm

Yeah, good call.

Michael Cottam

06/19/2013 07:03 pm

Barry, you rock...thanks for sharing this and helping the library get exposure and funds. My son's first word was "book", which my parents never tired of telling people :-). This is going to mean a lot to the library, but also to my son as he grows up as an example of how good people can band together to turn something awful into something positive.

Barry Schwartz

06/19/2013 07:04 pm

I cannot express how sorry I am for your loss.

Sourabh Rana

06/20/2013 11:29 am

very sad news .. RIP :(

Lisa Agostoni

06/20/2013 01:41 pm

So sorry to hear of this news. My heart goes out to the family, truly.


06/25/2013 01:50 pm

I'm so sorry to hear this news. I pray that you and family receives consolation through this time.

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