Two nights before Christmas, Kori Westling’s son, Bryan, killed himself.
It’s not something Westling wants to be reminded of but Clark County District Court officials won’t let her forget.
“Unless you have dealt with the court system, you wouldn’t believe what has happened to me,” said Westling, a Vancouver resident. Court officials, she said, had been calling and writing letters to her trying to get in touch with her dead son.
“My son is gone, and I need to get on with my life. I can’t if I have to keep having to remember this part of his past,” Westling said.
Bryan K. “BK” Hollandsworth, 28, had started using methamphetamine about a year ago and stopped his work as a portrait photographer to sell drugs. Increasingly paranoid, he told family members he was being followed by other drug users or police. He claimed “cops” were supplying him with drugs to sell.
Hollandsworth moved from Westling’s home to Hawaii last year, promising to enroll in drug treatment.
On Dec. 23, Westling learned that her son hung himself in his closet in Honolulu.
Hallandsworth had had run-ins with the law in Clark County and had been convicted for disorderly conduct. The Clark County District Court had ordered probation.
Westling and her husband, Gene, knew that the court was going to contact them and took Hollandsworth’s death certificate to Sheriff Garry Lucas’ office. The sheriff took the Westlings to the District Court, where the information was entered into the court’s computer system.
But for months after, the Westlings were approached by police, court officials and a collection agency, all looking for their dead son.
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