Girl, 4, calls 911 after teen mom fatally stabbed in Forks

Girl, 4, calls 911 after teen mom fatally stabbed in Forks »Play Video
Peninsula law enforcement personnel gather in front of a mobile home in Forks where a young woman was stabbed on Jan. 8, 2012. (Photo: Lonnie Archibald/for Peninsula Daily News)
FORKS, Wash. -- A search is on for a man suspected in the stabbing death of an 18-year-old Forks mother who died after a domestic violence incident early Sunday morning, police said.

Moises Ramirez-Matias is sought in connection with the death of his girlfriend, Laranda Konopaski, said Forks Police Sgt. Ed Klahn.

Konopaski's 4-year-old daughter called 911 just after 5 a.m. Sunday to report her mom was hurt, Klahn said. Medics rushed to the Rainforest Mobile Home Park where they found Konopaski suffering from multiple stab wounds. She was taken to Forks Community Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Police say Konopaski lived with Ramirez-Matias but there have been no prior reports of domestic violence and Ramirez-Moises does not have any known prior criminal history, Klahn said.


Moises Ramirez-Matias
Clallam County sheriff's deputies, State Patrol troopers, U.S. Border Patrol officers and a Port Angeles Police Department canine unit are assisting the Forks police, said Forks mayor Bryon Monohon said.

Konopaski was a member of the Clallam Bay High School Class of 2011.

"This is a small community; everyone knows each other" said Kandy Ritter, superintendent of Cape Flattery School District.

Ritter, along with teachers and staff members, were at the school Sunday preparing for when students return Monday.

Counselors will be available at the school for students and staff members to deal with the death of their former schoolmate.

Konopaski attended Cape Flattery schools from preschool through high school, Ritter said.

Many students currently at Clallam Bay High knew Konopaski well, she said.

"This is just a tragedy," Ritter said.

The 4-year-old girl is now staying with Child Protective Services.