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Yakima County coroner names fifth victim in reservation killings

UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 10:37 p.m.

A stop sign in White Swan, a remote unincorporated area at the center of the Yakama Indian Reservation, is seen pocked with bullet holes on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. (Chad Sokol / The Spokesman-Review)
A stop sign in White Swan, a remote unincorporated area at the center of the Yakama Indian Reservation, is seen pocked with bullet holes on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. (Chad Sokol / The Spokesman-Review)

The Yakima County coroner on Wednesday disclosed the name of the fifth victim in a weekend shooting spree on the Yakama Indian Reservation.

John Cagle, 59, was among those slain early Saturday at a property in White Swan, a remote unincorporated area at the center of the reservation that has a reputation for property crime and drug-related violence.

Coroner Jim Curtice previously named shooting victims Thomas Hernandez, 36; Michelle Starnes, 51; Catherine Eneas-Squeochs, 49; and Dennis Overacker, 61.

Two men suspected in the deaths have been arrested. James Dean Cloud and Donovan Quinn Carter Cloud were charged in federal court Monday with assault with a dangerous weapon.

Both are members of the Confederated Bands and Tribes of the Yakama Nation and have significant criminal records. In addition to the shootings, they are accused of stealing a vehicle and holding a gun to a child’s head early Saturday.

The FBI is leading the investigation but has released little information about the shootings. In a story published Tuesday, Yakima County Sheriff Bob Udell told the Yakima Herald-Republic investigators were still searching for a motive in the killings, which he described as “way, way off the charts.”

“It looks like maybe the majority of the victims were in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Udell told the newspaper.

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