Death Section

Burien Police: Deadly Burien shooting caused by disrespect to gang tagging

Burien Police: Deadly Burien shooting caused by disrespect to gang tagging

Illustration based on Aaron Wells photo of altered Burien graffiti. By Jack Mayne Graffiti and not drugs were the cause of the fatal shooting of an 18-year old man in a dark alley area behind the Alturas... [Read more]

Burien shooting victim identified

Burien shooting victim identified

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office on Wednesday (Jan. 4) identified the victim of Tuesday night’s deadly shooting as Manuel A. Ortiz-Ornelas, 18, of Burien. He died of multiple gunshot... [Read more]

Man killed in possible gang related shooting in Burien early Tuesday night

Man killed in possible gang related shooting in Burien early Tuesday night

A man in his late teens to early 20s was shot and killed in the 13700 block of Ambaum Blvd. SW (map below) in Burien Tuesday night, Jan. 3, 2017. Police say that just before 6 p.m., officers responded... [Read more]

Burien woman killed by suspected drunk driver in Tukwila Thursday night

Burien woman killed by suspected drunk driver in Tukwila Thursday night

A Burien woman was killed after her truck was struck by a suspected drunk driver Thursday night on the West Valley Highway in Tukwila, police said. Tukwila deputies responded to an accident report near... [Read more]

Grace Church offering ‘Surviving the Holidays’ grief program on Nov. 13

Grace Church offering ‘Surviving the Holidays’ grief program on Nov. 13

Dreading the holidays because of the death of a loved one? Grace Church (10323 -28th Ave SW) is presenting a Surviving the Holidays program on Nov. 13, 2016 in the church foyer from 2 – 4 p.m. There... [Read more]

OBITUARY: Patti Hoffmann Means

OBITUARY: Patti Hoffmann Means

Patti Hoffmann Means passed away in her Maltby-area home on October 8, 2016. She was raised in the Seahurst neighborhood of Burien, graduated in 1980 from Kennedy High School, and is the sister of Burien... [Read more]

Burien man sentenced to 63 years for fatal 2014 shooting at Kent gas station

Burien man sentenced to 63 years for fatal 2014 shooting at Kent gas station

The King County Prosecutor’s Office reports that Leland Russell Jr., of Burien, was sentenced Friday (Oct. 14) to 63 years in prison for the fatal shooting of two employees of a gas station in Kent... [Read more]

Woman found dead in car in Burien Monday morning

Woman found dead in car in Burien Monday morning

The King County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that just before 9 a.m. Monday morning (Oct. 10) they received a call from the 300 block of SW 144 Street (map below) in Burien for a welfare check. Police... [Read more]

Former Burien City Councilmember Kathy Keene has passed away

Former Burien City Councilmember Kathy Keene has passed away

Photo by Scott Schaefer. Former Burien City Councilmember Kathy Keene has passed away, according to a Facebook post. Keene was elected to city council Position 6 in November 2007. She retired in 2010 and... [Read more]

FOLLOWUP: Sunday morning shooting kills 27-year old man in Burien

FOLLOWUP: Sunday morning shooting kills 27-year old man in Burien

FOLLOWUP: Early Sunday morning (Sept. 4) around 4:30 a.m., police responded to the area of S. 128 Street and 21st Ave S. (map below) for a report of shots being fired. (Previously we reported that the... [Read more]

Man who shot, killed hatchet-wielding attacker in Burien will not face charges

Man who shot, killed hatchet-wielding attacker in Burien will not face charges

A gun-carrying man who shot and killed a hatchet-wielding attacker at a Burien 7-11 in March will not face charges, the King County Prosecutor’s Office announced Thursday, Sept. 1. As we previously... [Read more]

Two shot, one killed in shooting at SeaTac Motel Wednesday night

Two shot, one killed in shooting at SeaTac Motel Wednesday night

King County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred Wednesday night, Aug. 31, around 10 p.m. at the Motel 6 in the 18900 block of 47th Ave S. (map below). Deputies initially... [Read more]

Man found dead in car in SeaTac Wednesday morning

Man found dead in car in SeaTac Wednesday morning

From our sister site The SeaTac Blog: The King County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that a man was found dead in SeaTac Wednesday morning, July 6, with at least one gunshot wound. The body was found... [Read more]

Longtime local champion/activist Jeanne Moeller has passed away

Longtime local champion/activist Jeanne Moeller has passed away

Des Moines/Burien native and longtime resident/activist Jeanne Moeller passed away on June 16, 2016. She was 90 years old. A rosary and funeral will be held at St. Francis of Assisi (15246 21st Ave SW)... [Read more]

Inquest ordered into fatal May 4 police shooting in Burien of Cayce A. DiTullio

Inquest ordered into fatal May 4 police shooting in Burien of Cayce A. DiTullio

King County Executive Dow Constantine on Thursday (June 16) ordered an inquest into the fatal shooting of Cayce A. DiTullio by King County Sheriff’s Office deputies on May 4 in Burien (read our previous... [Read more]

Man drowns in Angle Lake Saturday

Man drowns in Angle Lake Saturday

From our sister site The SeaTac Blog: Photos courtesy Kent Regional Fire Authority A rescue mission has turned into a recovery one after divers and surface water rescue swimmers were unable to rescue... [Read more]

Two teenage boys arrested in connection to recent fatal shooting in Des Moines

Two teenage boys arrested in connection to recent fatal shooting in Des Moines

From our sister site The Waterland Blog: Last Friday (May 6, 2016) around 6:30 p.m., a 41-year old white male from Kent was shot and killed at an apartment complex in the 22800 block of 30th Ave S. in... [Read more]

PODCAST: 17-year old shooting victim was local student; Jack Mayne & more…

PODCAST: 17-year old shooting victim was local student; Jack Mayne & more…

Here’s episode #50 (50 – can you believe it?!) of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported... [Read more]

FOLLOWUP: 17-year old shooting victim likely a Highline Public Schools student

FOLLOWUP: 17-year old shooting victim likely a Highline Public Schools student

On Thursday afternoon (May 5), Highline Public Schools Superintendent Susan Enfield sent out an email to parents, notifying them that the 17-year old victim of the tragic, fatal shooting in Burien on Wednesday... [Read more]

17-year old girl shot and killed in Burien late Wed. night; suspect in custody

17-year old girl shot and killed in Burien late Wed. night; suspect in custody

A 17-year old girl was shot and killed late Wednesday night (May 4) in the hallway of a apartment complex at 615 Ambaum Blvd. SW in Burien (map below), according to the King County Sheriff’s Office. Police... [Read more]

FOLLOWUP: Burien man shot by police Wed. morning identified as Cayce DiTullio

FOLLOWUP: Burien man shot by police Wed. morning identified as Cayce DiTullio

The Burien man who was shot by police in the Seahurst neighborhood early Wednesday morning (May 4) has been identified by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office as Cayce A. DiTullio, 39. DiTullio... [Read more]

Burien Man shot and killed by police in Seahurst early Wednesday morning

Burien Man shot and killed by police in Seahurst early Wednesday morning

Just after midnight on Wednesday morning (May 4, 2016), a 39-year old Burien Man was shot and killed by a King County Sheriff’s Deputy after he pointed a rifle at police at the end of a pursuit.... [Read more]

Father sentenced in 2014 beating death of 8-month old daughter in Burien

Father sentenced in 2014 beating death of 8-month old daughter in Burien

Ahmed Ibrahim, 29, was sentenced to 145 months in prison for the beating death of his 8-month old daughter in Burien in 2014. Ibrahim pled guilty by Alford to Murder 2 Degree on Nov. 24, 2015. He was... [Read more]

Hatchet-wielding man shot by customer identified as Steven Blacktongue, 43

Hatchet-wielding man shot by customer identified as Steven Blacktongue, 43

From our sister site The White Center Blog: The hatchet-wielding masked man who was shot by a customer Sunday morning (March 13) at a 7/11 in nearby Boulevard Park has been identified by the King County... [Read more]