Fourteenth Tacoma Homicide of 2015: Preston Stafford


It was a little after 1:00am early Sunday morning when neighbors heard the gunshots. Police arrived around 1:15am near the corner of East T and East Morton Street. They found 30-year-old Preston Stafford shot in the abdomen. Preston was transported to a local hospital where he died five hours later.

It turns out Preston had been waiting for a ride. He had contacted a woman for a ride, but when the car arrived, her boyfriend was driving. Her boyfriend said something about Preston owing him $50 and shot him.

Preston becomes the fourteenth Tacoma homicide this year and the third homicide this year on Tacoma’s East Side. Contrary to initial reports, Preston was not homeless at the time of his murder. The following day Tacoma Police arrested the 40-year-old woman and the 38-year-old man in connection with his murder.

Preston was well liked and enjoyed joking around and supporting the Seahawks. In other words, he was a lot like many of us.

As always, the comments section is reserved for those who want to share memories or thoughts about Preston. The comment section is moderated and inappropriate comments will not be accepted.

It is my hope that this is the last homicide I have to write about this year.

– Jack Cameron

16 responses to “Fourteenth Tacoma Homicide of 2015: Preston Stafford

  1. Melissa Altman Sandoval

    Had I known my old school friend was homeless I would have brought him in! He was a caring person and a father, son a brother a WARRIOR!
    Until we meet again brother HOYT✊

  2. Preston was my friend. My daughter’s father. He was an amazing human being who had a contagious smile and laugh. He had a way about to brighten a room. I love and miss you so much Preston!!!!

    • Stephenie johnson

      So so sorry for your guys loss. I haven’t seen preston since we were kids, but he is my uncle Rogers nephew. He and his family are considered family. My condolences hunny. Stay strong! #FlyHighPreston

  3. Praying for Prestons family! And praying justice will be served!

  4. So sad! I went to school with him. Seems like a life time ago but he was very well liked in school

  5. Preston was my best friend and did not deserve this at all. His sister passed away on may 10 this year and now him this is a very hard time he was loved and liked by many.R.I.P BROTHER AND BEST FRIEND I LOVE YOU

  6. Preston assured me last week that he was NOT homeless. I corrected TNT on that.

  7. I grew up with Preston and I can say nothing but good things about him. He was such a big guy with a big heart, truly a kind soul. My heart goes out to his kids, Marshall, his father, his entire family. Rest in Paradise Preston, love you❤️

  8. He became a very good friend to me the past 9 months he talked about how much he loved his children how much he loved his girlfriend and was just a very positive guy. I will miss him checking on me here and there to see if I am ok. He was a good guy and he will be greatly missed.

  9. Preston was an absolutely amazing person and a hella cool friend to so many people. .. always smiling and usually willing to go out of his way to help out as much as he could, when he could… it’s just a terribly tragic situation all the way around for everyone involved. .. even worse, for their children and the rest of their family members

  10. Preston was a nice guy, I’m sad to hear this. RIP man.

  11. I love u preston .. Preston was a loving big brother to me.. He was not homeless he lived out here in Lakewood with me and my boyfriend in my studio apt. Im so mind struck that hes gone home will never be the same.. I miss u bro love your sista Tiffany LaPlante and bro Jarvis… Till we meet again.. Lobsaboot hoyt

  12. That’s heart breaking. Preston was a good man father and friend. Rip u will be greatly missed by many of us

  13. I was one of Prestons best friends i am his girlfriends granddaughter i loved him so much and i miss him more now then ever R.I.P.I love u preston

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