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Violent death hits family again

By PAT JENKINS

Editor

The brother of the Federal Way woman who was shot in her home June 29 also died violently less than a year ago, and the man who apparently killed her before killing himself lost his father to suicide.

Jacqueline Weins was found dead in her Chelsea Court apartment, the victim of an apparent murder-suicide.

Eleven months earlier, Larry Brown, 54, was beaten to death after he tried to break up a fight last August in Alaska.

Weins and Brown were the only children of Lola Wallbaum of Yakima. Her sister, Nancy Johnson, also of Yakima, said Wallbaum is in poor health in addition to struggling with the deaths of her offspring.

“It’s all she can do to get through this,” Johnson said.

According to the King County Medical Examiner, Weins was shot in the back, and a man also found dead in the apartment died from a self-inflicted gunshot to his head. Not identified immediately, the medical examiner this week said he was Van Wilson Boulware, 24, and officially listed his death as a suicide.

Johnson said she believes the man, whose identity hasn’t been released by authorities, killed Weins because he was “obsessed with her” and she had told him he could no longer rent a room from her.

She said Weins told her that her co-tenant didn’t have any family and that his father committed suicided.

“She talked to me the night before she died and said she was planning to move and start a daycare business. She must have asked him to find another place to live. I know she felt sorry for this guy, but she was wanting to get out of the situation with him living with her,” Johnson said.

Weins called Johnson and other relatives more than usual in the weeks before her death. “I think she must have sensed something,” but she never said she was afraid of anyone, Johnson related.

She said Kaye, as she called her, “and I grew up together. She was the closest thing to a little sister I had.”

Johnson hosted a memorial service in the backyard of her Yakima home for Weins. She did the same for Brown last year.

Editor Pat Jenkins can be reached at 925-5565 and editor@fedwaymirror.com

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