Local man's 13-year-old son also among dead in Washington state landslide



A second child of a Chartiers-Houston High School alumnus was killed in the March 22 Washington state landslide, officials said today.

Billy Spillers' 13-year-old son, Jovon Mangual of Arlington, Wash., died of multiple blunt force injuries, the Snohomish County medical examiner’s office said.

Naval Chief Petty Officer Spillers and his daughter Brooke are still missing, according to an update on a website raising funds for the family. Another daughter Kaylee Spillers was pronounced dead March 27.

"I want to thank you all for your kind words, prayers and generosity. [Billy's wife] Jonielle [Spillers] and her family are so grateful for everything," organizer Mary St. John wrote today. "With Jonielle's permission, Jojo and Kaylee have both been found and are home in heaven. Billy and Brooke are still missing. Please continue to pray and hug your love ones."

Thirty people have died in the landslide that crushed the community of Oso, about 55 miles north of Seattle. The medical examiner has released 27 names and is still trying to identify three victims.

Fifteen people are still missing, the office said.

Chief Petty Officer Spillers is a Navy career counselor assigned to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility detachment in Everett, Wash., a Naval spokeswoman said.

He is a 2001 graduate of Chartiers-Houston Junior/Senior High School and was an all-conference defensive end for the Buccaneers in his senior year. He also played basketball, school principal Philip Mary said.


The Associated Press contributed. Lexi Belculfine: lbelculfine@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc.


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