Parents shot 5 days before son killed himself in Sammamish murder-suicide
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 released the identities of the family as 68-year-old Lorraine Ficken, her husband, 72-year-old Robert Ficken and their son, 34-year-old Matthew Ficken.
King County Sheriff Deputy investigators said Matthew Ficken shot his parents last week on or about Jan. 10, then lived with their bodies in the house for five days.
Investigators said Matthew Ficken didn't kill himself until deputies came to the house do a welfare check on Tuesday after concerned family members from Oregon and Washington called authorities, saying 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.
“There’s some calls you go to and this is one of that you’ll never make sense of,” said Sgt. Ryan Abbott with the King County Sheriff Department. “It’s sad. There’s no way that the family that’s alive, knowing that this happened, can understand it because I don’t think it will ever make sense to them.”
Investigators believe Matthew Ficken was mad at his mom for planning to sell the house and move to Oregon to be near her family, even though detectives said she gave him more than enough money to get started on his own place.
“Matthew always lived at home, he didn’t have a job,” said Sgt. Ryan Abbott. “From what the family tells us, he just could take it for some reason and didn’t want the house he grew up in from being sold from underneath him. And for some reason he shot and killed his parents over this.”
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.