Hundreds Turn Out to Benefit Murder Victim’s Family

Peter Barges

BELLEVUE (KPTM) — A devoted and loving father found dead last month in his own driveway. Now hundreds of people who knew Peter Barges, and many who didn’t, come together to honor his memory.

A plate of great food Friday night for a great cause. “It’s definitely the right thing to do,” said one diner. “You just feel for the family,” said another.

Hundreds turned out to support relatives of 39-year-old Peter Barges. “It’s really overwhelming how many people have come forward and just wanted to help. People that knew Pete. People that didn’t know Pete,” said Peter’s older brother Mike Barges.

Bread, bracelets and baskets, just a few of the items to benefit Barges’ son, a 10 year old who heard the scuffle outside his dad’s house near 71st and Lake. “Jake was his whole life. He’d come home from school and he’d help him with his homework and cook him dinner and get him to bed,” Mike Barges said.

Friends and relatives say Pete had no enemies, which makes coping with what happened to him that much more difficult. “He was such a positive person and so you know so loving. Such an awesome dad and it’s hard to understand,” said close friend Heather Tedesco.

Police have arrested Armando Gomez in connection with the case. Investigators believe Gomez drove the murder suspect to Texas.

But that is far from closure for the people who loved the Barges the most. “His son needs that. I think everybody needs that. Because it’s such a terrible tragedy,” Tedesco said. “I’m not going to forget and there’s a lot of people that aren’t going to forget,” Mike Barges said.

Police aren’t releasing any new information in the case, but relatives say they’re being told the investigation is “moving in a positive direction.”

A ten thousand dollar reward is still being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible. Just make a tip with Crime Stoppers. The number is 444-STOP.

 

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