Death Section

Longtime resident Margie Gibb has passed away

Longtime resident Margie Gibb has passed away

Longtime resident Margie Gibb passed away suddenly last Friday night, Aug. 28. “Margie was one of the founding board members of Discover Burien, a regular volunteer at our Farmers Market, and we... [Read more]

Windstorm kills 10-year old Burien girl in Federal Way Saturday

Windstorm kills 10-year old Burien girl in Federal Way Saturday

A 10-year old Burien girl – Samara J. Iereneo – was tragically killed during Saturday’s windstorm while playing outside at a friend’s home in Federal Way. Samara was playing with other children... [Read more]

Longtime community advocate Irish McKinney killed in motorcycle accident

Longtime community advocate Irish McKinney killed in motorcycle accident

Longtime community advocate Irish McKinney was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident in California on Monday, Aug. 17. Irish was well-known to the White Center/Burien-area as an avid Harley rider, accountant... [Read more]

Victim of high-speed crash on Ambaum identified as Benjamin Joseph Smith, 26

Victim of high-speed crash on Ambaum identified as Benjamin Joseph Smith, 26

Photo of Benjamin J. Smith from Gofundme page. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the victim of the fatal Aug. 14 car crash on Ambaum Blvd. SW as Benjamin Joseph Smith, 26, of Auburn. The... [Read more]

Police seek help finding truck that may be related to body found in SeaTac park

Police seek help finding truck that may be related to body found in SeaTac park

From our sister site The SeaTac Blog: The King County Sheriff’s Office announced Sunday (Aug. 16) that they are seeking the public’s help finding a pickup truck that may be related to the body... [Read more]

Body found in SeaTac park Saturday morning

Body found in SeaTac park Saturday morning

From our sister site The SeaTac Blog: The King County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that the body of a probable homicide victim was found near Sunset Field, located near S. 138 and 16th Ave S. (map below)... [Read more]

True-crime Writer Ann Rule has passed away

True-crime Writer Ann Rule has passed away

Former Burien/Normandy Park-based true-crime writer Ann Rule died at age 83 at Highline Medical Center on Sunday evening (July 26), The Associated Press reported Monday. Her most famous book was a profile... [Read more]

Pedestrian hit, killed by car near SW 128th & Ambaum Saturday night

Pedestrian hit, killed by car near SW 128th & Ambaum Saturday night

A pedestrian was hit and killed by a car near SW 128th and Ambaum Blvd. SW on Saturday night (July 18) around 10:30 p.m., according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.   Police say that a Hispanic... [Read more]

PODCAST: White Center shooting victim ID’d; Burien tire thief escapes & more

PODCAST: White Center shooting victim ID’d; Burien tire thief escapes & more

Here’s episode #11 of our SoKing News Podcast, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence... [Read more]

Good samaritan who was shot and killed in White Center Tuesday identified

Good samaritan who was shot and killed in White Center Tuesday identified

From our sister site The White Center Blog: Edward “Eddie” E. Grant, 51 The good samaritan who was tragically shot and killed in White Center Tuesday morning (July 14) has been identified by... [Read more]

Linda Dougherty, long active in Burien Arts Association, passes away

Linda Dougherty, long active in Burien Arts Association, passes away

The Burien Arts Association is sad to report the death of long-time Burien Arts board member Linda Dougherty on July 7. “Linda was an active member of Burien Arts since its early days, served more than... [Read more]

51-year old Man shot, killed in White Center after trying to break up robbery

51-year old Man shot, killed in White Center after trying to break up robbery

From our sister site The White Center Blog: The King County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that a 51-year-old man was fatally shot in White Center early Tuesday morning (July 14), after apparently... [Read more]

FOLLOWUP: Body of Burien man found in Renton identified as Jamar Bovan

FOLLOWUP: Body of Burien man found in Renton identified as Jamar Bovan

The male victim whose body was found June 29 in a van in Renton has been identified as Jamar Bovan, 39, of Burien, according to King County Medical Examiners Office. Bovan had been shot “multiple times”... [Read more]

REPORT: Body found in van in Renton is that of 39-year old Burien man

REPORT: Body found in van in Renton is that of 39-year old Burien man

Q13 Fox is reporting that the body of a man who had been shot “multiple times” and found in an abandoned van belongs to a 39-year old Burien man. Renton Police said Tuesday (July 7) that the... [Read more]

27-year old Burien man found dead in King County Jail in Kent Friday night

27-year old Burien man found dead in King County Jail in Kent Friday night

A 27-year old Burien man was found dead in the King County jail at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent Friday night, May 1. Jail staff say they found the male inmate unresponsive in his single-person... [Read more]

UPDATE: SeaTac shooting suspect found, arrested in California

UPDATE: SeaTac shooting suspect found, arrested in California

From our sister site The SeaTac Blog: UPDATE March 30, 2015: Robert Leroy Studer was arrested on Saturday night (March 28) after a stand-off that lasted over eight hours with police in Taft, CA that were... [Read more]

Burien resident Joe Arrants killed in construction accident; family needs help

Burien resident Joe Arrants killed in construction accident; family needs help

On Thursday (March 12), Burien resident Joe Arrants – a Senior Foreman for Kiewit on the new 520 bridge build – tragically fell 60 feet to his death. Joe was 34-years old, and leaves behind a wife... [Read more]

Man on motorcycle crashes, dies after eluding police Thursday night

Man on motorcycle crashes, dies after eluding police Thursday night

A man on a motorcycle attempting to elude police crashed into the back of a truck and died Thursday evening (March 5) near Boulevard Park, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office. Police... [Read more]

Pennsylvania man charged with homicide after fatal car crash on Ambaum Nov. 21

Pennsylvania man charged with homicide after fatal car crash on Ambaum Nov. 21

A makeshift memorial marks the spot where Peter Vandervelde was killed by a DUI driver in Burien on Nov. 21. Photo by Scott Schaefer. by Jack Mayne A Pittsburg man has been charged with vehicular homicide... [Read more]

REPORT: Body of Burien man washes up on Kingston beach

REPORT: Body of Burien man washes up on Kingston beach

The North Kitsap Herald is reporting that the body of a Burien man – Lawrence E. Zane, 73 – was found, washed up on a Kingston beach on Tuesday, Dec. 9. Chief Deputy Coroner Tony Stewart said that... [Read more]

Prolific Des Moines resident Nancy Warren passes away suddenly

Prolific Des Moines resident Nancy Warren passes away suddenly

From our sister site The Waterland Blog: Photo of a thoughtful Nancy Warren moderating one of our Candidate Forums by Micael Brunkf Nancy Warren, a teacher at Highline College, Des Moines resident, musician... [Read more]

OBITUARY: Shirley Kathleen Kirk, of Kirk’s Feed Store in Olde Burien

OBITUARY: Shirley Kathleen Kirk, of Kirk’s Feed Store in Olde Burien

Shirley Kathleen Kirk, born November 11th, 1919 to Albert and Eva Taylor, passed away peacefully at home on October 27th, 2014. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband Sylvan F. Kirk. She is survived... [Read more]

Burien man accused in beating death of infant daughter pleads ‘Not Guilty’

Burien man accused in beating death of infant daughter pleads ‘Not Guilty’

The King County Prosecutor’s Office is reporting that Ahmed Ibrahim, accused in the fatal beating of his 8-month old daughter on Nov. 10, pleaded ‘Not Guilty’ to a charge of Murder in... [Read more]

King County Medical Examiner’s Office identifies victim in fatal Burien crash

King County Medical Examiner’s Office identifies victim in fatal Burien crash

The victim of Friday’s (Nov. 21) tragic, fatal crash on Ambaum and SW 154th Street in Burien has been identified by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office as Peter Vandervelde, 51. Alcohol is suspected... [Read more]

Fatal crash at Ambaum & SW 154th in Burien Friday evening; DUI suspected

Fatal crash at Ambaum & SW 154th in Burien Friday evening; DUI suspected

Friday evening (Nov. 21) just after 5 p.m., there was a terrible, fatal 2-car crash on Ambaum Blvd. SW at SW 154th Street, according to the Burien Police Department. The crash happened in front of –... [Read more]

Burien man accused in death of infant charged; bail set at $1 million

Burien man accused in death of infant charged; bail set at $1 million

Arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 26 for a 27-year-old man who is accused of the fatal beating of his 8-month-old daughter last week in Burien. The defendant, Ahmed Ibrahim, was charged last Thursday with... [Read more]

Burien man arrested after 8-month old daughter found dead in apartment

Burien man arrested after 8-month old daughter found dead in apartment

The King County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that a 27-year old Burien man was arrested Wednesday (Nov. 12) for investigation of murder after his 8-month old daughter was found dead in the family’s... [Read more]

WATERLAND BLOG: Man shot, killed in Des Moines Wednesday morning

WATERLAND BLOG: Man shot, killed in Des Moines Wednesday morning

A man was shot and killed on in the 20100 block of Des Moines Memorial Drive Wednesday morning just before 10 a.m. (Nov. 12), according to the Des Moines Police Department. Police say that an altercation... [Read more]