KENT -- A Kent man’s family is talking publicly for the first time about his murder in hopes somebody will come forward to identify the killer. "Everyone is broken hearted and sad about him, what happened,” said Kathreen Macantalay, the victim’s niece. On Friday, August 26th just before 9pm, 37-year-old Inacio Nein and his nephew were sitting on a log listening to music in a wooded area between SE 242nd and SE 244th near the 10800 block in Kent’s East Hill when a gunman approached them.
The suspect described as a black man, 18 years of age, 6’ tall, medium build with “puffy” looking 1” long black hair asked what was in their pockets and started reaching toward them. The nephew was able to push the suspect’s hands away but was struck in the side of the head with the gun. He was knocked incoherent and fell to the ground. The suspect then fired several shots toward Nein who died at the scene. The victim’s nephew was able to run away to call police. Officers were on another call nearby. “The cops responding to the scene even heard those shots but that tells you how fast this suspect got away which tells me he`s probably familiar with the area,” said Ret. Det. Myrle Carner with Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound who is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who can identify the killer.
Macantalay says her family is still in shock over the murder of her uncle. "He told me I better graduate because he will be there on my graduation,” she said. She’s devastated just like Nein’s cousin who is having a hard time believing he’s gone. "I feel weak when I heard it. I thought he's not dead,” said Kathy Enther. They say Nein was a fun guy who loved to tell jokes and sing. “He would always sit in front of our old car, the black one that was always parked, and he would always be playing the Ukelele,” said Macantalay.
Kent Police have put up Crime Stoppers posters on businesses and apartment complexes near the murder scene and are hoping the $1,000 reward leads to a good tip. “This guy out on the loose has a gun. That means he`s dangerous. He`s also wanted for homicide. He`s not gonna stop and just hand himself in. Somebody knows where he`s at and that information’s important,” said Ret. Det Carner. Crucial even to helping Nein’s family get justice. "I hope he realize what he did was wrong,” said Macantalay.
If you have any information that could identify a suspect in the case, call the hot line at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit the information at http://www.crimestoppers.com. You will never be asked to give your name as it is completely anonymous.