Man, woman killed in double homicide at Kent Valley Motel

Shooting late Tuesday night, Jan. 31 claims lives of Kent man, 43, Alaska woman, 32

A 43-year-old Kent man and a 32-year-old Alaska woman were fatally shot late Tuesday night, Jan. 31 in what police called a double homicide at the Kent Valley Motel, 743 Central Ave. N.

Officers were dispatched about 10:23 p.m. to the motel after multiple 911 callers reported sounds of gunshots inside one of the rooms, according to a Feb. 1 Kent Police statement.

“There has been a murder,” one 911 caller told dispatch.

Officers found the man and woman with gunshot wounds inside one of the motel rooms and attempted to provide aid, but both had already died, according to police.

A suspect has not been identified. Early reports indicated that it was not a random incident, according to police.

Kent detectives are asking that anyone with information about the incident call 253-856-5808 or email KPDTips@kentwa.gov.

These are the first two homicides in Kent in 2023.

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