Encounters Along A Murder StoryDecember 27th, 2006 by josh farley
On any given day in this business, you never know who you’re going to come across.
I awoke Wednesday to a call from Sun photographer Larry Steagall, who had heard over his police scanner that there’d been a killing in Bremerton.
After going to the scene, I met up with another of our “photogs,” Carolyn J. Yaschur, and listened in on the police department’s press conference. Bottom line: a Bremerton woman, Kimberly Shine, was brutally killed allegedly by her brother with an ax. (Read the story I wrote about it here.)
After interviewing some local residents in the same apartment complex, Carolyn and I, as well as Christine Clarridge from the Seattle Times, followed up a tip to interview a woman very close Shine, one Shine is said to have called “mom.”
We arrived at her apartment and knocked. Nobody was home.
On the police “beat,” when you are attempting to interview those who knew a victim, this can be a common occurrence.
Seconds later, however, a woman approached from behind, carrying a piece of pizza and a soda. It was Rose Gutierrez, and indeed the person we wished to speak with.
She kindly invited us inside. Her apartment was warm; a pleasant departure from the cold temperatures outside.
She spoke softly of the woman she called a “daughter.” She showed us a picture of Shine and notes she’d received from Shine.
When we finished the interview, the three of us each had a hug with a woman still in shock from losing someone so close to her.
It was a powerful moment on what can be a cold and treacherous beat.