In the three years I’ve been doing this, I’ve managed to write about every homicide that has occurred in Tacoma. Unfortunately, this past year I missed one. To his friends and family, I apologize for the oversight.
Teofilo Knight was 28 years old. He worked as a bouncer at Champions Sports Bar in nearby Lakewood. Bouncers work late. It was around four in the morning when Teofilo returned home from work to his apartment on South 58th Street. Neighbors report hearing his car arrive and multiple gunshots shortly after that. He never made it to his apartment. Teofilo was taken to Madigan Army Medical Center where he later died from his wounds.
There were no witnesses to this crime and no leads. It remains one of only two unsolved homicides for Tacoma in 2007.
I wish there were more to write about this, but there really isn’t. Crimes like these are among the most difficult to solve. There isn’t any apparent motive and no reliable witnesses. The only real hope for a case like this is that whoever is responsible tells someone with a conscience what happened. Here’s hoping 2008 brings justice for Teofilo Knight.
On a different note, I’d like to mention that I’ve considered stopping this ongoing report of homicides that happen in Tacoma. However, I’ve chosen to continue because of the emails I’ve received from family and friends of the victims. They’ve thanked me for memorializing their loved one, told me things about these citizens whose lives were cut short, and corrected me when I was wrong about a detail or overstepped in any way. These people are part of the history of Tacoma and they deserve to be remembered.
Also this year, I’ll also be attempting to add more content not related to homicides or crime. It occurred to me the other day that I probably have the only site on the net that only gets updated when someone is actually killed. So I’ll try to update more often with better things about the City of Destiny. Suggestions are welcome.
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Thanks for reading.