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Published: Saturday, January 8, 2011, 12:01 a.m.

Woman blames meth for death of daughter's father

Brian Jones’ death leaves a mom with a tough lesson for their child

  • Brian Jones and daughter Elizabeth

    Brian Jones and daughter Elizabeth

EVERETT — Amanda Sears doesn’t know exactly what she will tell her 3-year-old daughter about her father when she is old enough to understand.
The Lynnwood woman plans to describe how Brian Edwards Jones organized a special July 4 celebration for her extended family. She’ll talk about how he always insisted on preparing a big meal of ham or turkey around Christmas time.
She’ll recall for Elizabeth the glee that Jones felt when she was born on Christmas Day 2007, and how much he enjoyed grilling on the barbecue for friends and relatives.
Then, when the time is right, she will try to explain the tragic road her father walked through much of his adult life.
Brian Jones, 30, was fatally shot Sunday in an apartment south of Everett.
Jones was a drug addict. His life revolved around methamphetamine. His attempts to get clean inevitably ended in failure.
“He was trying and trying and trying,” Sears said. “He was a tortured soul. He couldn’t get away from it. It gets a hold of your soul. It doesn’t just take family and friends. It takes your soul.”
His lifestyle often placed him in dangerous company. Last Sunday was no exception.
Jones paid the ultimate price. He was shot in the head at close range.
Edward J. Lamourie, 40, is being held on $1 million bail as detectives investigate the shooting. He has not been charged.
Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies talked to three men and one woman who were in the apartment with Jones when the shooting happened. They had been smoking meth and marijuana before the fatal gunfire, according to police reports.
Sears said she met Jones when she, too, was a drug user. She said she was able to quit, and he was not. Although she still cared for Jones, she eventually had to cut off the relationship because of his addiction, she said. She didn’t want her daughter growing up in a home where drugs were used.
When he was clean, Jones often visited his daughter. Sears said they were special times.
Margaret Oenbring of Granite Falls will fondly remember her son’s youth when he was a Little League All-Star pitcher in Florida. Jones attended high school in Everett, but didn’t graduate.
Later, he became a commercial painter who worked for several companies. He took other jobs as a pressure washer, maintenance man, convenience store clerk and day laborer.
His death should be a lesson about the perils of drug use, Oenbring said.
“He struggled for a very long time,” his mother said. “I tried to help him as much as I could, but the drug took so much control over him.”
Over the years, she dreaded late night calls. She feared the news that her son was in trouble.
Sunday’s call was devastating, but not a surprise, she said.
“You try to understand and figure out why,” she said. “I don’t think people realize how bad the addiction can be.”
Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446; stevick@heraldnet.com.
Fundraiser
A benefit to help pay for Brian Jones’ funeral-related expenses is set for 3 p.m., Jan. 16 at the Timberline Cafe, 116 E. Stanley St., Granite Falls. Family members said a memorial account to help with expenses is being set up at any Chase Bank.
Story tags » EverettCrimePoliceHomicide

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