Suspect in custody in death of 17-year-old girl in Edmonds

Gala Zuehlke had attended Edmonds-Wooday
Dec 01, 2018

UPDATE: The juvenile suspect in the homicide from Friday, Nov. 30, has been taken into custody without incident, according to Edmonds police. This is a developing investigation and more info will be released as appropriate, police reported.

A 17-year-old girl shot and killed in Edmonds on Friday, Nov. 30, was identified as Gala Zuehlke in a letter sent to Edmonds-Woodway High School families.

Zuehlke was a former student at the school.

Police are searching for an acquaintance who could be a suspect.

Sgt. Shane Hawley said police arrived at the Horizon Park apartment complex at about 4 p.m. in the 7400 block of 208th Street Southwest. A friend of victim had found the girl deceased in the apartment and called 911.

Hawley said Edmonds detectives have not determined whether the shooting was a suicide, intentional or non-intentional.

Police are now looking for a 16-year-old Mountlake Terrace boy who was reported as a runaway 10 days ago. Hawley did not say why police think the boy is a suspect. Police have contacted the boy’s family to find out any information on his whereabouts.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office will provide more information when it is available.

Here's the full letter sent by Edmonds-Woodway Principal Terrance Mims:

Dear Edmonds-Woodway Students and Families:

It is with great sadness that I share with you information about the death of former Edmonds-Woodway student Gala Zuehlke. We learned Friday afternoon that Gala Zuehlke died at her home.

Gala’s death is being investigated by the Edmonds Police Department as an accidental shooting but the suspect left the scene and is still outstanding. The suspect is a sixteen-year-old from Mountlake Terrace.

Gala’s family has given us permission to share this news with our school community.

Gala was a senior this year and a full-time e-Learning student, after having attended Edmonds-Woodway over the past two years. Gala is remembered fondly by both staff and students as a warm and friendly young woman.

This may be your student’s first experience with death or it may be that this death brings back feelings from past experiences. It is particularly difficult when it is someone that your child may have known through class or simply that your child faces his or her own mortality for the first time.

When things of this nature occur, feelings of shock, sadness, fear, and anger can very easily well-up inside of us. These emotions may come and go throughout the day – even for days to come, while some may not seem to have any reaction at all. We do not always know how a student will be affected at a time like this, but you can help your child simply by listening and talking with him or her when matters of this nature confront us.

This is a difficult time for many in our school community. To help our students and staff cope, we will have additional counseling support at school on Monday for both staff and students who were affected by Gala’s death.



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