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Local professor killed in random stabbing

SEATTLE – Friends say a random double stabbing that killed a local professor was senseless and horrific.

Troy Wolff, 46, was killed trying to protect his girlfriend from a knife wielding stranger in Pioneer Square Friday night.

Wolff lived life to the fullest and loved sharing it with his girlfriend Kristin Ito.

“He was at the game and he was with his partner,” said colleague Kathie Hunt.

At Century Link Friday night Wolff posted on Facebook “cheap seats, great match.” Hours later, while leaving the game, the couple is brutally attacked at the corner of 3rd Ave S and South Jackson Street.

“The randomness of it is just outrageous,” said Hunt.

Out of nowhere a man stabbed Ito in the torso repeatedly. Wolff jumped in to protect her. Chris Lundgren who works in Pioneer Square says the details are horrible.

“When he stepped in, the guy with the knife went insane and stabbed him in the vicinity of 40 times that is what I heard,” said Lundgren.

Police say the 44 year-old suspect was unprovoked and had mental issues.

“Then he stood there with the knife waiting for the cops to show up,” said Lundgren.


Photo courtesy of Daniel Berman/Bermanphotos.com

When police arrived, the attacker was still standing there with the couple on the ground.

“It doesn’t surprise me that he was defending someone he cared about,” said Hunt.

But Hunt is stunned that Wolff won’t teach another day at Shoreline Community College.

“The loss is just incredible to us,” said Hunt.

People who live and work in Pioneer Square cannot believe the violence.

“We don’t get a lot of violence but when we do it is extreme,” said Lundgren.

Just a few blocks away from Friday’s double stabbing, 21 year-old was shot and killed in a random shooting last year.  The person who killed Nicole Westbrook is still out there.

Also just this March a man is shot in the face on 3rd Ave S and Washington. Lundgren believes much of the violence stems from the mentally ill.

“I would gladly pay a dollar extra in taxes every week if I knew there was a somewhere these people could be checking in and possibly get medicated,” said Lundgren.

“I think it’s too horrifying to think of the blood and details that is not going to help us heal,” said Hunt.

Friends say they want Wolff remembered by how he lived not how he died.

“Always carried positive energy into a room he lit it up when he walked in, he was very passionate,” said Hunt.

The professor was the chair of the English department and had worked at Shoreline Community college for 17 years. His girlfriend was in stable condition at Harborview on Saturday night. The suspect is scheduled for a bail hearing Monday afternoon.


20 Comments to “Local professor killed in random stabbing”

    Kit said:
    September 15, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    We hope to hear more about the 44 year-old suspect and why he was out on the street.

    Mr Holmes said:
    September 15, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    Now see if he would have been carrying a gun and had a little training well you know what happens when you bring a knife to a gun fight. If that was me prootecting the one i love believe it would have went down a bit different then that tnen the tax payers should thank me fo saving hundreds of thousands of dollars

      CCC said:
      September 15, 2013 at 10:39 AM

      You are correct a weapon might have turned the tide. However, he went to the Sounders game. They do not even allow a knife or a club to be brought in. How are defenseless citizens, not allowed to arm themselves, going to protect themselves? I blame the system for allowing these people to roam free and the lack of police in the area. The areas- the intersections directly around the stadium are littered with cops, but the outlying areas, where people park, eat, drink, and find transit- there is often very little police presence. I often only feel safe after events because of the sheer number of people, but this too, is a false sense of security.

    Guest said:
    September 15, 2013 at 2:59 AM

    Mr Holmes the liberals in Seattle are just as insane as this guy was so you would probably be arrested. Funny thing is the cops could do some good work down there and make Seattle a place that I'd want to visits but every time they do anything the libtards cry foul. The libtards do nothing but feel sorry for the criminals.

      Skip said:
      September 15, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      That's another conservative lie.

    Reader said:
    September 15, 2013 at 4:02 AM

    I just love reading how many John McClanes there always are…"if, I'd been there…hippity bloo blah." Tax payer rhetoric (look up what rhetoric means), not even what taxes are, or what they do. And c'mon, "protecting the one I love" blaming the victim is so much better than feeling sorry for criminals, this argument is two sides of the same coin. Perhaps the answer is a bit more complex and complicated (yes, they're two separate things) then "it's liberals fault," or, "conservatives" fault, or "more trigger-happy cops are needed." Maybe there's a dynamic that most people are unaware of who do not live in, or have grown up in, a place where violence is a constant. Being a fat, scared, over-caffeinated white guy in the 'burbs with 10 guns is not qualification to know about something

    jeff said:
    September 15, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    How do you charge a bureaucracy with being accomplices to murder?

    jeff said:
    September 15, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Seattle and the bureaucrats will keep ignoring the obvious. Nothing will be done about druggies pushing their drugs, the mentally disturbed on the streets, and the disgusting homeless thieves on the streets.

    Kit said:
    September 15, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Public safety should be issue number one in the mayors race. Citizens attending events in the pioneer square area should be safe inside the stadiums and walking in the surrounding area. The police need to sweep the neighborhood daily and confront everyone loitering. We have people living like rats in the south Seattle industrial district and under the Convention Center/Freeway park of all places.

      jeff said:
      September 15, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      The question is why isn't safety the number one issue?

        BLX said:
        September 15, 2013 at 12:07 PM

        Can't talk about the fact that blacks are committing almost all of this crime and are making Seattle another dump which is what they do wherever they live in numbers.

          jeff said:
          September 15, 2013 at 12:10 PM

          The news didn't mention the person was a Black person, I wonder why?

            tim said:
            September 15, 2013 at 12:25 PM

            Don't want to upset those that are paying 2000 bucks a month rent to be able to walk to all the fun stuff.

    esco said:
    September 15, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Mr. Wolff died a hero and that should be taken into account. It takes a special kind of person to jump into a risky situation like that, not many folk would have done that.

      BLX said:
      September 15, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      He was no hero. Just an unfortunate victim.

        esco said:
        September 15, 2013 at 12:42 PM

        He SACRIFICED his life to SAVE someone else. That's not a hero? I don't know what or who you'd consider a hero then. Here's the definition in case there's any confusion. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/hero

          BLX said:
          September 15, 2013 at 1:02 PM

          OK. He was a hero.

    jeff said:
    September 15, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    It's too bad, Mr. Wolf didn't have a concealed weapons permit and a weapon for protection. In Seattle self protection is against the law.

    Kit said:
    September 15, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    It shouldn't have happened, but it seems like a weekly occurrence these days.

    toobad said:
    September 15, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Crime's at a 30 year low. you people are stupid, just stupid.

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