Gary Lee Bullock's wife in a phone call, days after he was arrested tells him, "You could have chosen to do things differently."
She is now his ex wife. Due to this case, she has left Humboldt County with her two daughters. Someone who knew the family well told me that Bullock's daughters adored him, looked up to him, until this happened.
John Bruno, his step father statement in a jail call in June 2014 says, , "You made a choice one day to go where you wanted to go. We tried to help you. You made harsh choices. You chose your own self over everything. You wanted to get high and say fuck everything else."
His own brother let him stay in a motel he owned. The family helped him, supported him and tried to get Bullock to quit drugs. His wife tried to get him to get help, mentally, emotionally and physically.
He was offered a phone call that night to call someone and get home. He was directed to shelter in Eureka and could have gotten a ride to the Rescue Mission that night. He did not ask.
The choices Bullock made cost Fr. Eric his life, his family, friends and parishioners, who are also Fr. Eric's family, a community, Bullock's own family and friends.
Choices Bullock made thinking only of himself cost a lot more people everything. He seems to still be in that mode. He is still alive. Fr. Eric does not get that choice.