Last Sunday afternoon near the 4500 block of Asotin Street a man went into his back yard and found the dead body of 27-year-old Derek Wagner. He’d been repeatedly stabbed. Derek was from Kalama, Washington. At this time there is no further information about what Derek was doing in Tacoma, who he may of been with, or how he ended up in a South Tacoma back yard.
Police are asking anyone with information about this case to contact them at 253-798-4721.
As always, the comments section is reserved for friends and family who might want to share their thoughts about Darek.
– Jack Cameron
In the early morning hours of Wednesday May 9th, 56-year-old Stanley Howard had an argument with a 46-year-old acquaintance near South 19th and M Street. Later, Stanley went to the man’s house with a knife. The other man also had a knife and ended up stabbing Stanley in the chest. He was only a few houses away from his last known address.
This was the fifth homicide for the city of Tacoma this year. Police arrested a man in connection with this murder shortly after it happened but after investigating, they’ve chosen not to file charges as it appears he acted in self-defense. The Hilltop neighborhood was once famous for its violent crime but in recent years has become a thriving community full of new shops, bars, and other businesses.
As always, the comments section is reserved for those who knew Stanley. I moderate all comments and try to keep things civil. Here’s hoping the next homicide I have to write up isn’t for quite awhile.
– Jack Cameron