3 killed in Sammamish murder-suicide were author, real estate broker, son

Longtime real estate broker Lorraine Ficken was one of the three found dead inside a Sammamish home. (Photo credit: Coldwell Banker Bain)

SAMMAMISH, Wash. - The three people found dead in a Sammamish home on Tuesday evening in an apparent murder-suicide are a longtime real estate broker on the verge of retirement, a prolific local historian and their adult son.

The King County Medical Examiner's Office only released the identity of 34-year-old Matthew Ficken and claim he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

But the Issaquah Coldwell Banker Bain office identified the 68-year-old woman killed as Lorraine Ficken, who practiced real estate since 1992.

The King County Sheriff's Office said the third victim was the 72-year-old father and husband. Lorraine Ficken's husband is Robert Ficken, a historian of Washington Territory and early Washington state with several books to his name.

The sheriff's office says concerned family members from Oregon and Washington called authorities requesting a welfare check on the Fickens, claiming they had not been heard from for several days.

Deputies arrived at the home in the 23900 block of 42nd Place South and found all three family members dead of gunshot wounds. Detectives are investigating the incident as a murder-suicide.

The motive for the slayings remain under investigation.

Coldwell Banker Bain issued a statement Wednesday mourning Lorraine Ficken's death.

"We're still in shock and our hearts and thoughts go out to Lorraine's family and real estate team during this horrible time," said principal managing broker Marilyn Green. "Lorraine was one of the nicest people we've ever known – so kind and warm-hearted. ... We have been hearing from so many clients who are in tears over this tragedy. It is a huge loss for so many and Lorraine will be greatly missed."

She had planned to retire soon and move to a recently purchased house in Oregon to be close to family, the statement said.

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