March 2nd marked the 19th anniversary of a shooting at the King County Courthouse that claimed the lives of three women and an unborn baby
Victims of 1995 Courthouse Shooting Remembered
March 2nd marked the 19th anniversary of a shooting at the King County Courthouse that claimed the lives of three women and an unborn baby. It was a crime that shocked our community and led to changes regarding courthouse security. The shooting occurred during a divorce proceeding. Timothy Blackwell was convicted of Aggravated Murder for shooting his estranged wife Susanna Blackwell, and two of her friends, Phoebe Dizon and Veronica Laureta, as they waited in a hallway outside a courtroom. Susanna, who was pregnant, was also shot in the abdomen, which killed her unborn baby. Every year, a candlelight vigil is held in the park next to the King County Courthouse to remember the shooting victims and other women and children who have lost their lives to domestic violence.
This annual event is sponsored by the API Safety Center and Chaya. The staff of the King County Prosecutor’s Office and others in the criminal justice system join in this vigil each year when we pause to remember Susanna, Phoebe, and Veronica and the other victims of domestic violence in our community.