Bellingham City Council meeting April 6 postponed following shooting death

The regular Bellingham City Council meeting scheduled for Monday, April 6, will be postponed until April 13, following the shooting death of the son of council member Terry Bornemann.

Police said Aaron R. Bornemann, 23, was killed Thursday night, April 2, after his friend, Masen Jon Potter, 21, pointed a gun at Bornemann’s head and pulled the trigger while the two were “horsing around.” Potter told police he thought the gun was unloaded at the time.

Council president Gene Knutson asked the public to respect the privacy of the Bornemann family.

“This is a horrible tragedy,” Knutson said. “Out of respect for Terry and his family, we are canceling Monday’s meeting. Please pray for him and his family.”

Mayor Kelli Linville and city staff gave their condolences to Terry Bornemann and said they would do whatever was needed to support the family.

Letters or gifts of condolences for the Bornemann family can be sent care of Marie Marchand at the City Council office, 210 Lottie St., Bellingham, WA 98225 or mmmarchand@cob.org.

Bornemann has been on the council since 2000.