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Local police to attend ranger’s memorial

(from left) Spokane police Officers Shaney Redmon, Ron Tilley and Mylissa Coleman prepare to travel to Tacoma for a slain park ranger's memorial service. (SPDphoto/Jennifer DeRuwe)

Members of the Spokane Police Department Honor Guard will attend slain Mount Rainier National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson's memorial service.

Cpl. Mike McCasland and Officers Ron Tilley, Mylissa Coleman and Shaney Redmon traveled to Tacoma for Anderson's memorial, which is today is at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Pacific Lutheran University.

Other SPD employees are attending the service on their own time, including Officer Teresa Fuller, who says the Spokane County Firefighters Pipes and Drums also will be there.

Anderson (pictured) was shot to death on New Year's Day while working at the park. The gunman was found dead the next day. Anderson was married to another Rainier ranger, and the couple has two young children.

Family and friends held a candlelight service Sunday evening in Eatonville in her memory.

The park reopened to the public Saturday for the first time since the shooting.

Homicide victim’s memorial is Sunday

A memorial service for a 34-year-old Spokane woman is scheduled for Sunday - one week after she was found dead of a gunshot wound.

Kimberly Rae Schmidt will be remembered at the Heritage Funeral Home, 508 N. Government Way, at 1 p.m.

Her coworkers at Pitney Bowes business-services company, where Schmidt worked as the leasing manager, are expected to attended.

Kathryn Epler worked for Schmidt and said she was a great boss and “very caring to everybody.”

Schmidt's murder has devastated her coworkers, Epler said.

“It's very hard to work,” she said. “We're all stunned that this could happen to someone who is so likable.”

Schmidt was planning a business trip overseas early next month, Epler said. She planned to spend her days off scuba diving, which Epler said was one of her passions.

“There's no way this was a suicide or anything like that,” Epler said.

Schmidt's mother found her dead in her home at 37 E. Regina Ave. Jan. 1.

The Medical Examiner's Office has not determined whether Schmidt's death was a homicide, but detectives are investigating it as one.

Schmidt was located in bed on her back with a gunshot wound to the right side of her head, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. A lamp had been knocked over, and detectives noted blood smeared on the wall at the head of the bed that indicated Schmidt's body had been moved.

They also found a small cloth, drawstring bag to Schmidt's left that had the front portion of the barrel of a gun visible, according to court documents. They seized the .25 semi-automatic handgun, as well as .25 shell casing located on her bed, along with a fleece blanket with a bullet hole in it.

Detectives also seized three guns from a gun safe downstairs, and three from a laundry room cabinet, as well as ammunition.

They also found a cell phone with its battery removed in a black purse on the kitchen table, according to the search warrant.

Schmidt was born in Spokane, graduated from Shadle Park High School and Eastern Washington University.

“Kim's pride and joy was her daughter and her hard work in dance and school,” according to her obituary. “Her favorite title was “Dance Mom” and enjoyed watching, with a little sadness how her —lil' monkey was growing into a young lady.” Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Fundraiser going on for homicide victim

Friends and family of homicide victim Evon M. Moore are holding a car wash today to raise money for her memorial. Moore's daughter, Tarah Krivenko, said she expects to be at West Buckeye Avenue and North Division Street for several more hours today, along with Moore's partner of 10 years, Marzelle Gower.

Krivenko said donations have been coming in none stop, and strangers have volunteered to help.

Spokane police still are trying to determine how Moore (pictured) ended up dead behind an east Spokane warehouse on Saturday, and who put her there.

She was studying at Spokane Community College to be a legal administrative assistant. Moore's memorial is set for Saturday at 10 a.m. at Ball & Dodd Funeral Home, 5100 W. Wellseley Ave.

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