The Tacoma Homicides of 2006 (so far)

I was thinking that with Tacoma’s homicide rate reaching 20 for the year, it’d be a good time to do a recap on the homicides this year. However, crime reporter Stacey Mulick over at Tacoma’s News Tribune beat me to it. Thankfully, she’s allowed me to repost it here.

Stacey maintains a great Tacoma crime blog at the News Tribune along with reporter Adam Lynn. You can find it at: http://blogs.thenewstribune.com/crime/

Here’s a brief look at the 20 homicides recorded so far this year in Tacoma. (See Stacey’s fine article about Tacoma’s homicides in today’s paper by clicking here.)

Jan. 5: Donald George-Oya, 18, was fatally shot while riding a bicycle along East 40th Street near East I Street. No arrests have been made, though suspects have been identified.

Feb. 8: Daniel Jacob Varo, 22; Darren S. Christian, 28; and Lindy A. Cochran, 21, were found fatally shot in Christian’s rental house in the 600 block of South Union Avenue. Prosecutors have charged three men and two women in connection with the homicides.

Feb. 19: Edward Ernest Drayton, 48, died of complications of a gunshot wound he sustained in 1988. A man was prosecuted at the time of the shooting for the assault.

Feb. 22: Beau Dee Pearson, 40, was fatally shot while meeting acquaintances in a travel trailer behind a house in the 4500 block of South L Street. Prosecutors have charged a man in the case.

Feb. 22: Haydon Kostelecky, 2, died. Doctors found bruises on his brain and recent spleen and liver lacerations. Prosecutors have charged Haydon’s stepfather in the death.

Feb. 26: Pepper L. Jones, 27, was found in the bath tub of her home in the 5600 block of South Thompson Avenue. Prosecutors have charged her husband in the death.

March 25: Marvin L. Arnold Jr., 45, was fatally shot by two Tacoma police officers after Arnold came at them with a knife in the 3700 block of 49th Avenue Northeast.

April 3: Desaundra Dixon, 35, was fatally shot in the chest about 2 a.m. in her home in the 5600 block of South Junett Street. Prosecutors have charged her longtime boyfriend with second-degree murder.

April 6: Robert Luea, 21, was fatally shot when he got in between an argument between his mother and stepfather in their home in the 4100 block of South J Street. Prosecutors charged his stepfather with second-degree murder.

April 20: Dien Kien Huynh, 55, was fatally beaten in the front lawn of his home in the 3800 block of South 16th Street shortly after he got home from work. Prosecutors have charged three Mount Tahoma High students with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in the homicide.

May 10: Robert J. Barrow, 49, was found fatally shot inside his house in the 1200 block of South 72nd Street. Prosecutors have charged a woman with first-degree murder. According to court documents, she was working as a prostitute and went over to Barrow’s house for a date.

May 31: Morris Perry, 46, was fatally stabbed in his home in the 500 block of South 68th Street Prosecutors charged a transient who knew Perry with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in Perry?s death.

July 4: Jason Outler, a 31-year-old single father, was fatally shot during an argument in the 3100 block of North Eighth Street. Prosecutors have charged another man in his death, alleging the two argued over money.

July 8: Rhaczio "Rha Rha" Demetri Simms, 18, was fatally near a downtown Tacoma nightclub in the 800 block of Pacific Avenue. Prosecutors have charged a teen with first-degree murder and first-degree assault in the suspected gang shooting.

August 7: Jeffery Norris-Romine, 21, was fatally shot in the 9000 block of South Alaska Street. Prosecutors have decided not to charge the gunman because of evidence he acted in self-defense.

Aug. 27: Velma Angeline Tirado-Salway, 45, was fatally shot in an alley on Court D Street South near the 1900 block of South Fawcett Avenue. No arrests have been made.

Sept. 3: Olga Carter, 39, was fatally shot during a domestic dispute in her home in the 4500 block of South Sheridan Avenue. Prosecutors have charged her boyfriend with first-degree murder.Sept. 8: Julius Williams, 24, was found fatally shot on the sidewalk outside Bryant Montessori School, 717 S. Grant Ave. No arrests have been made.

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