A Mountlake Terrace High School junior has been identified as one of two individuals found dead at a Lynnwood home on Thursday.
The Hawkeye, the Mountlake Terrace High School newspaper, is reporting that junior Kandra Tan was one of the two people found by a family member around 3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15, at Tan’s house in the 3000 block of 202nd St. SW. in Lynnwood.
On Friday evening, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Tan’s the identification, and classified the death as a homicide. The 16-year-old’s cause of death was gunshot wounds to the abdomen, the medical examiner said.
The medical examiner identified the second person who died as a 33-year old male, Liheang Ho of Everett. The cause of Ho’s death was a gunshot wound to the abdomen, and the manner of death was suicide, the medical examiner said.
Detectives recovered a weapon at the scene on Friday.
Mountlake Terrace High School Prinicipal Greg Schwab wrote in a letter to students and families that Kandra Tan’s family gave the school permission Friday afternoon to share this news with the school community.
“They are asking for privacy as they cope with her sudden loss,” Schwab wrote.
“In respect for her family and friends, it is important that we do not speculate or share inaccurate information regarding her death. This is a difficult time for many in our school community and we need to treat each other with compassion and kindness,” Schwab added.
The school had additional counseling support on campus on Friday for both staff and students, who were affected by Tan’s death.
“Kandra is remembered fondly by both staff and students as a warm and friendly young woman,” Schwab wrote.