Charges filed against man accused of stabbing wife to death in Kent

File photo from Aug. 23 in Kent. (KOMO News)

KENT, Wash. -- A 54-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder in King County Superior Court for the Aug. 23 stabbing death of 51-year-old Tringo Ferede-Tesema in Kent.

Aregay G. Tesfamariam is accused of stabbing his wife at least 10 times before she was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where she died.

Officers were called to the 9500 block of South 207th Place just before 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 23 for reports of a stabbing.

They arrived to find Tesema with multiple stab wounds and critical injuries. They also discovered Tesfamariam nearby holding a large knife and had blood on his clothes, according to court documents.

When officers approached the man, he dropped the knife and was taken into custody.

Court documents state Tesfamariam had been planning to kill his wife for some time.

"His vicious attack on her was both brutal and prolonged - stabbing her repeatedly, even as she tried to get away. Additionally, the defendant was shockingly brazen, repeatedly stabbing his wife in front of their son and out in their driveway for all to see, including the passing mailman," wrote senior prosecutor Wyman Yip in the charging documents.

Tesema reportedly had a domestic violence protection order against Tesfamariam in 2004 in which she said that Tesfamariam threatened to kill her. The protection order was only valid for one year, according to court documents.

Court documents state Tesfamariam had been planning to take his own life after he stabbed Tesema.

When asked where Tesfamariam stabbed his wife, he said "everywhere," court documents state.

A memorial fund has been set up by the Providence Mount St. Vincent Foundation to help with burial expenses and to support her two children.

Tesema reportedly worked at the assisted living neighborhood for more than 19 years.

"She was loved by all and was deeply admired for her compassion, heart of gold, dedication to hard work and as a role model in serving others with respect and dignity," a media representative of Providence Mount St. Vincent said in an email. "Tringo was a beautiful person inside and out, who always brought her shining smile and sparking eyes to interactions as well as her tender presence to those needing a listening ear."

Tesfamariam's bail is set for $1 million and an arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 11.

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