Orting widow celebrates murder victim's life

ORTING, Wash.-- The widow of an Orting man killed last week during a home burglary said his funeral should be a celebration of his life.

This is the first time Nickie Compton has spoken publicly about her beloved husband Mike.

The Orting cemetery was filled with family and friends and people who through the years have been touched by Mike. He was gunned down in his own yard last week after he interrupted a burglar going through his garage.

On Friday Mike was finally laid to rest.

"The only thing I want to concentrate on today is to celebrate the loss of a life that we all loved," Nickie said.. "And so I want us to not be sad today. I want us to celebrate his life because I know Mike wouldn't want us to be sad today."

Many of those who attended the graveside service were dressed in camouflage, by design.

"I told everybody, don't dress up," said Nickie. "Mike hunted all his life. Hunting and outdoorsman. He loved everybody. Loved to talk. Loved to meet people."

From the graveside service an even bigger crowd celebrated Mike's life at the Orting Eagles Hall.

CrimeStoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for tips leading the shooter's arrest.