Tukwila man fatally shot in Kent identified as Avery Wilcox Jr.

Wilcox worked as a barber; 2012 Foster High graduate



The Tukwila man fatally shot March 21 at a parking lot on the East Hill in Kent has been identified as Avery Wilcox Jr.

Wilcox, 27, died of a gunshot wound to the head, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office March 25 report.

Wilcox worked as a barber at Nine Thousand Hair Studio in Tukwila, according to Facebook posts by Wilcox and his friends. Wilcox referred to himself as Mr. Barber on his Facebook page. Friends held a candlelight vigil for Wilcox on March 23 at the hair studio.

“Avery Wilcox we miss you brother,” Isaac Shorack posted. “Your mom is in good hands. Can’t believe this would happen to such a good young man. Avery was a so much more then a barber to many. Praying for justice. Rest In Peace brother, can’t believe we were just texting each other.”

Wilcox played football at Foster High School in Tukwila and graduated in 2012, according to maxpreps.com.

Kent Police reported that they are looking for a suspect who shot Wilcox at about 10:20 p.m. in a parking lot in the 10400 block of SE Kent Kangley Road.

Officers responded to reports of a shooting and found Wilcox inside his locked vehicle, according to police. Officers breached the window and removed Wilcox to assess his injuries. They saw that he had been shot in the head.

Multiple witnesses were present near the shooting and provided information to officers. Officers located a person of interest, associated with the shooter, shortly after the shooting and detained that person for questioning.

The suspect fled the area but is actively being sought by police. The suspect is known to the victim, so it was not a random incident, police said. Police did not release any suspect information.

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