Family members among 4 killed in Tacoma shooting Thursday


Four people were shot dead in the Salishan neighborhood of Tacoma on Thursday evening.

TACOMA, Wash. – Residents of Tacoma’s Salishan neighborhood are still in shock after four people were killed in a shooting Thursday night. There are no suspects in custody.

The victims were identified as Raymond Williams, 22, his girlfriend Natasha Brincefield, 22, his older sister Maria Nunez, 42, and his son Emery Iese, 19.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office released the names of Brincefield, Nunez and Iese on Friday evening. Williams’ mother Marlene confirmed the death of her son, Raymond, during a conversation with KING 5 on Friday.

“I’m on my knees praying to God like, ‘Why? Why them?’,” Said Marlene Williams. She also lost her daughter and grandson in the shooting.

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Maria Nunez and her son Emery were among those killed in Thursday’s shooting. Nunez is a mother of seven and married to Louie Iese, pastor of the Indian Baptist Church in Tacoma, according to Williams.

“We need support. We need support, we’re family. It’s a pastor’s family that this guy took,” Williams said.

Tacoma police did not provide additional information on the case on Friday and it is not clear whether they have any suspects.

Marlene Williams, meanwhile, grows stronger with family and friends.

“I don’t have my son and daughter for no reason. So please, if anyone knows anything, please help us because it shouldn’t be like that”, a Williams said.

Brincefield’s grandfather Bruce Massingale said she worked at Frito-Lay and graduated from Lincoln High School, where she met her boyfriend Raymond.

Thursday’s shooting brings the number of homicides in Tacoma to 27, including 18 due to gun violence. Investigators are working on leads to find the shooter, who is still at large.

City officials say the Tacoma Police Department has a strong track record in solving homicides.

“We have had a slight increase in homicides, but I think one thing we all need to be aware of, we have a resolution rate of 82% and 95% over the past six years, when the national average is by 61%, ”Tacoma said. Mayor Victoria Woodards. “So while we wish these tragedies didn’t happen and we could prevent all of these tragedies, it’s also good to know that we can put an end to when they do.”

Tiffany Songer initially rejected the loud bangs she heard.

“It was just a bunch of noise, I thought it was fireworks. At least five or six. So I continued my business, ”she said.

But once she found out what it really was, she couldn’t believe that four people had been killed so close to her.

“I could have been here walking my dog, and I could have been that spectator,” she recalls. “It’s crazy, it’s scary, for sure.”

As police seek to find out who is responsible for the shooting, counselors are called in to help people deal with the traumatic experience.

Lister Elementary has sent counselors to neighborhood students who may have a hard time understanding what happened.

The Eastside Community Center has grief counselors on standby for anyone who needs them.

City leaders are also planning a vigil this weekend to honor the victims who lost their lives.

“I don’t live far from here, but I don’t live nearby and the impact is huge,” said city councilor Catherine Ushka, who represents Salishan and District 4. “As I stand alongside of the mayor, I reiterate that we are alongside this community.

The Tacoma Police Department is calling anyone with information about Thursday’s shooting to contact them at Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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