Two weeks ago a portable speaker was stolen from a 38-year-old man. For reasons unknown, he blamed 35-year-old John Scott Ware Jr. Last week he confronted John and the two of them got into an argument. This past Monday John Scott Ware Jr. was walking near South 12th and State Street. The same man started following him on a bicycle. At some point the man confronted John again. He knocked John to the ground and stabbed him repeatedly while asking him to beg for his life.
At some point John managed to get away from his attacker and went to a nearby house. He knocked on the door. A stranger answered the door. John said, “Help me.” before collapsing. Unfortunately his injuries were too severe and he died.
A few days later, police officers were able to arrest John’s killer using eyewitness testimony, surveillance footage from a camera at a house, and good police work.
This is Tacoma’s eleventh Tacoma homicide this year and the third homicide this year on Tacoma’s Hilltop. Unfortunately as the year winds down, our homicide rate seems to be increasing despite starting the year with almost three months with no homicides at all.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find much about John Scott Ware Jr. As always, the comments section is reserved for those who knew the victim. Please share your thoughts or memories of John. If any loved one has a photo they’d like to share, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. I am sorry for your loss.
– Jack Cameron
Thank you for your article Jack. John Ware was my cousin. He was born and raised in East Palo Alto California. He came from a good family who loved him dearly. He went to Tacoma because his mother feared him falling victim to the violence that has engulfed the Bay Area in recent years. He will be missed everyday.
JOHN WARE was my best friend he like a brother to me we work together this company call PCC IN PORT OF TACOMA 3 to 4 years ask time go we become best friend AND we got layoff in 2013 march. he tried, to get his life together Things wasn.t get easy for him John came to my house two week before on September before that happen my home girl called me I did not believe her o my Brother I missed you every time and day rest in peace brother I miss you
John will be truly missed but never forgotten on of the realist!