Friends mourn Lacey mother killed by estranged husband
LACEY, Wash. - Friends say a Lacey woman did all the right things to try to protect her in a failing marriage and yet she still ended up being killed Monday afternoon.
The estranged husband is also believed to have shot and killed the woman's mother.
"I'm tired of violence against women," said the victim's friend Stacy Stanaway while fighting back tears. "I'm tired of having friends die."
Stanaway came to bring flowers in her friend's honor and to express dismay that the woman and her mother.
"She left, she filed for divorce, she got a protection order and they didn't keep her safe," said Stanaway.
Court records show the suspect violated the protection order a few weeks ago.
"This is what happens," said the victim's friend Samuel Pernell. "I don't think any more could have been done. They locked him up, they let him go.They locked him up, they let him go. I don't know what else can you do?"
"We arrest a lot of people for violation of protection orders and domestic violence," said Cmdr. Chris Ward of Lacey police. "So our officers do a good job of responding and arresting. Sometimes there are things out of our control that we can't deal with."
Stanaway has been a domestic violence volunteer and said she knows divorce and protection orders sometimes trigger violent reactions.
"He lost his family, he lost his wife, he lost his kids and that feeling for abusers, that feeling of losing control just snaps something and this is the result," she said.
Lacey police believe the suspect shot the two women Monday and then took off with their young son and daughter on a high speed chase. They said he fired shots at them, but they didn't return fire because of the children.
He was finally cornered at the Olympia Auto Mall, where they believe he worked, and he shot and wounded himself in front of his kids.
"The children," said neighbor Kate Fosmark. "We feel so badly for the children to have to witness that."
"So a lot of prayers from us are for the family and hopefully that the kids will be well taken care of," neighbor Vance Cochran said.
Police said the toddler and his middle school sister were not hurt are being cared for in a safe location.
The coroner has not officially released the names of those involved because the families haven't been told.