Encounters Along A Murder Story

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.

7 thoughts on “Encounters Along A Murder Story

  1. TO KIM, MAY THE PLACE YOUR AT NOW,BE BETTER THAN WHERE YOUV’E BEEN! GOD WILLING!! TO YOUR SISTER, DAISY AND HER 2 CHILDREN, I’M SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. OF NOT ONLY KIM BUT BILLY TOO. I NEVER KNEW HIM, BUT MY WIFE DID, AS SHE GREW UP YOU THREE. TINA IS IN SHOCK. AND SHE’S LOOKING TO REACH TO YOU-DAISY! SO, AFTER ALL THESE YEARS HAVE GONE BY NOW..LOOK FOR HER. SHE’S BEEN THERE, YOU KNOW THAT CAUSE OF LEAH. GOD BLESS JENNY AND JOSH, I’M SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR AUNT. JAY

  2. Ok Josh you bring tears to my eyes. What is so wrong in this world? Why is there so much anger and rage? When I was growing up within a big family there was sibling rivalry that always ended up with our mother telling us to knock it off or ELSE we never found out what or else was. We then grew up and got along or had the option of not speaking. Love in relationships does not ever end up with killing in a rage. Anyone that could believe one loved another but brutally axed them, needs to take a real hard look at their belief system. This was no act of love. This is a complete act of violence with no regard for life. Sorry for the ones that can somehow find compassion for another that has chosen to abuse a suposed loved one. In this case kill.

  3. Elaine,

    You don’t know anything, but what you’ve read in the paper or heard in the news…so don’t judge until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.

    They did love each other. The violence that happened in one moment of time doesn’t erase all the other moments…so don’t tell me to check my beliefs b/c you are not in my shoes.

    Can you honestly say that in my shoes if it happened to you, that you would hate your sibling for that one moment in time when they weren’t themselves? If you can’t forgive, then I feel SORRY for you.

    I am not saying what was done is right and he, my brother, is paying for it.

    And didn’t your mother tell you, “if you have nothing nice to say, then don’t”?

    Daisy

  4. Daisy, I am so sorry for your losses.I did not want to cause you any further hurt. I have walked in shoes that involved murder and suicide. Forgiveness helps with grieving and moving forward. And yes if I were in your shoes I would be there for my brother. Families are unconditional. Memories are a blessing. I know you have a long road to peace. My point was that we have choices in life to stay away from situations that are not healthy. Maybe somebody that is in a situation that could end up in tragedy will have read what I wrote and move away from that situation before it is too late. I was not referring to family having compassion. Domestic violence is horrible and is preventable simply by staying away.

  5. Thank you for clearing the air Elaine. I do have to admit that this last writing is the complete opposite of how I took your first writing.

    Yes, domestic violence is horrible and preventable, but in this case I can definitely say that the reports of police responding to DV at their tiny studio is wrong.

    You see, back when my sister threw the knife at my brother there was a restraining order put on her and she would’ve been arrested had the police responded to DV there. She risked it all by letting him stay with her.

    I knew my sister’s angry days when she was in pain and not taking her Zoloft, but I was able to walk away from her…my brother on the other hand, had absolutely nowhere to go.

    This was not a regular DV case, but I am aware of it because a long time ago my mom remarried after our dad and he beat her and I’ve seen friends, even my sister stay with men that treat them horribly or beat them, but sometimes you can’t talk sense to them and they stay until something horrible happens. So you know as well as I do, that even reading about something like this, is not going to change their minds because we all think that something like this will never happen to us.

    Maybe we should also address to the public not to let their family member or friend go untreated for bipolar disorder because they are a lot “more sane” to deal with when they’re not having a ranting and raving episode. I only wish that I knew how bad and often her episodes were so that I could’ve intervened somehow…I still have to get past the “what ifs” and it will be a long journey to know peace again.

  6. We can only hope that someone reads these things and learns something. That would be the good coming out of a bad. So many people suffer from mental health problems and do not even think it is a problem. Maybe we could get some kind of legislative bill passed to help families better help their family members to get the help they need. Just a thought!

  7. Daisy, when you are ready, Get in touch with me . Your heartaches can help prevent this whole mess from happening to someone else. Bad blood started between us but, I promise I will help you find some good out of the bad you have suffered. I know that there is so much more that can be done for families to help family members like your sister. Blessings.

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