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Man found dead in front of Holy Family Hospital reportedly shot during drug deal

UPDATED: Thu., April 26, 2018

Robb L. Enger, 54, was shot and killed in Hillyard on March 8. (GoFundMe.com)
Robb L. Enger, 54, was shot and killed in Hillyard on March 8. (GoFundMe.com)

An apparent drug deal gone wrong led to the March 8 shooting death of a 54-year-old man found dead in a car in front of Providence Holy Family Hospital.

Robb L. Enger died of a gunshot to the chest, according to the Spokane medical examiner, after a Spokane police report said he was shot inside a vehicle while attempting to purchase methamphetamine in Hillyard.

Enger, a passenger in the 1996 Honda Civic, was found dead by hospital staff upon arrival. Nicholas Remek, who told police he sought to purchase meth with Enger, drove the vehicle to the hospital after Enger was shot and yelled for medical assistance, according to documents filed in Spokane County District Court.

Ramiro E. Sanchez, 22, and Marcos A. Arevalo, 33, were arrested in Kennewick on March 10 in connection to the shooting following a three-hour standoff. Both have been charged in Spokane County with first-degree murder, first-degree attempted robbery and conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery.

Sanchez and Arevelo, who are currently in Benton County Jail awaiting transport to Spokane, are each being held on $750,000 bond.

According to police report testimony from multiple witnesses, Remek and Enger followed a vehicle driven by Arevelo with two passengers to a spot near Nevada Street and Hoffman Avenue to purchase the meth.

After the vehicles stopped, two men, Kenneth “Lucky” McBride and Sanchez, reportedly entered the back seat of Remek and Enger’s vehicle. Sanchez sat behind Enger in the passenger seat, McBride told police, before pulling out a gun and demanding money.

Sanchez proceeded to pistol whip both Enger and Remek repeatedly before Enger was shot, McBride told police. Remek told police McBride and Sanchez left the vehicle after the gunshot and jumped back into Arevelo’s Hyundai, which witnesses said sped away from the scene.

Arevelo, a violent gang member known as “Demon,” according to the Washington Department of Corrections, reportedly told detectives that Sanchez said he shot Enger.

In March 2017, Sanchez was arrested for allegedly stealing cellphones at gunpoint in Kennewick.

A GoFundMe page was set up for Enger following his death.

“Robb Enger was a big kid at heart and loved life to the fullest. He very much enjoyed camping, fishing, and his little dog, Dumpster, was his best friend,” the GoFundMe page said. “He leaves behind many family and friends.”

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