17-year-old girl stabbed to death in Tukwila; suspect arrested

17-year-old girl stabbed to death in Tukwila; suspect arrested
TUKWILA, Wash. - Police are trying to piece together the moments before a teenage girl was stabbed to death early Saturday morning.

Tukwila Police Sgt. Mark Dunlap said the incident began just before 3 a.m. Saturday when officers responded to a report of an injured, unconscious girl.

When they arrived at the apartment in the 11600 block of 42nd Avenue South in Tukwila, they found the 17-year-old victim, unconscious and bleeding from stab wounds.

She was rushed to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle but was pronounced dead a short time later, Dunlap said.

Police took a 17-year-old boy into custody at a nearby park shortly after responding to the stabbing.

The boy's family members spoke to him in jail. They say he told them he was high on drugs - and only vaguely remembers the murder.

"He doesn't understand his state of mind. He doesn't understand how he could do this," says the teen's uncle, John Seibenbaum.

The teen was visiting a friend at the Tukwila apartment, and that friend woke up to hear a noise coming from his kitchen about 3 a.m. Saturday.

He came out and found a 17-year-old girl who was there visiting - she was knocked out and bleeding on the kitchen floor.

The friend started CPR, but the girl died later at the hospital.

"He's distressed," says his girlfriend. "You know, he tried to do what he could, and he couldn't, so here we are."

The suspect's uncle says the boy told him from jail he had spent most of the night doing drugs and was out of his mind at the time.

"He said that he had smoked large amounts of what they call 'spice' - I believe the name of it is K2," Seidenbaum said. "It's sold at smoke shops all over the place in this state."

After the stabbing, the uncle says, his nephew ran to a nearby park - where he tried to cut his own wrists. Police have since taken him into custody and booked him into the King County Youth Services Jail for investigation of murder.

"A young woman is dead because of this. Those people will never get their daughter back - ever. I'll never get my nephew back," says Seidenbaum.

No motive for the crime has been uncovered, Dunlap said.