This is beyond sad.
Here's the story from KIRO-tv . (They get one thing wrong - the Aki student killed, Anahlia Cowherd, was not a "fifth grader" at Aki because it's a middle school. I have been unable to reach Communications but it was reported she was 11 so I would think a 6th grader).
Anahlia reported at an online site that her grandfather had been inappropriately touching her. She wrote:
She wrote “I’m Anahlia Cowherd … and I’m gonna bring justice to all girls who have been touched.”
Apparently her mother found out and confronted her father. (It appears they lived together.) The father, Honorario Yango, shot Anahlia, her mother and tried to shoot her 10-year old brother. He fled to a neighbor's house where police were called. The grandfather then shot himself to death.
The father of the two children said he found his daughter's blog
alleging abuse from the grandfather on Tuesday morning and called
police. While he waited for a call back from Seattle Police Department,
he received a call from another detective telling him about the deaths.
"When I Googled my daughter's name, the blog popped up," the father,
Terrell Cowherd, said. "The only conclusion I can come to is that she
must have actually got to the point where she was about to call police,
and I guess that was his way of preventing her from doing so."
Aki Kurose's principal, Mia Williams, sent a letter home to parents, notifying them of the event and letting them know counselors were available.
Anahlia was an honors student at Aki Kurose.
The surviving brother is a student at Rainier View Elementary. He is staying with family.
District Athletic Director is asking for district sports teams and fans to wear white at this weekend's games as a symbol of hope.
Tragedy has struck two Washington communities in the last week. We have
seen how Marysville-Pilchuck has been affected since last Friday, and
earlier this week there was yet another fatal incident right here at
home. A student from Aki Kurose Middle School, was killed in Seattle.
The grief her friends, classmates and community feel today is
immeasurable. It is with two significant events in mind, that we ask all
of you to join us in honoring the students who lost their lives this
ALL Metro League school principals, athletic directors, coaches and SPS
middle school levels are asked to reach out to their own school
communities in an effort to pay our respects for those directly impacted
by these recent events.
We ask ALL FANS attending any Seattle school sporting event this weekend
to wear something WHITE signifying HOPE and HEALING. This includes
fans, parents, students, administrators and staff attending any and all
sports contests -- this includes playoff games.
It is at times like these that we must come together to support one
another, even if we aren’t personally affected. We express our thoughts
and prayers by coming together as ONE and wearing WHITE as a symbol of
hope for a better tomorrow.
Eric C. McCurdy
Executive Director of Athletics
Seattle Public Schools