SEO Consultant's Parents Senselessly Murdered

Jun 19, 2013 • 8:09 am | comments (8) by | 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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