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    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...abbing07m.html

    Stabbing victim terrified of ex-husband

    By Jennifer Sullivan
    Seattle Times staff reporter
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    Rinthya Brooks had four children.

    Rinthya Brooks spent each night for most of the past year pacing her home, checking the windows and doors in fear of her ex-husband.

    But when it came to her social life, she refused to be intimidated.

    Many in Seattle's tight-knit Honduran community knew about the violence Brooks endured at the hands of her ex-husband, Santos Arriola-Rochez.

    The couple's history prompted their Caribbean ethnic group — Garifuna — to not allow them to attend the same local cultural events, insisting the first one to arrive could stay while excluding the other, said Brooks' older sister, Cynthia Brooks.

    On Saturday night, Brooks arrived first at a Garifuna event at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall in South Seattle and spent the night dancing and talking with friends. The night was winding down when early Sunday Arriola-Rochez burst through the door, ran toward Brooks and started stabbing her, said Seattle police.

    Four people who tried to break up the fight were slashed before a man pulled out a gun and fatally shot Arriola-Rochez, Cynthia Brooks said.

    One man who was stabbed was treated at Virginia Mason Medical Center, according to police.
    When police arrived they found Arriola-Rochez lying on the floor clutching a knife.
    Brooks, a 33-year-old mother of four, was found dead next to him.

    The man who shot Arriola-Rochez, a friend of the Brooks family, declined to talk out of fear of the slain man's family, Cynthia Brooks said. The man, his wife and their children stopped by Cynthia Brooks' Woodinville home Monday to discuss what happened.

    "He's feeling real bad because he had to do it. It was in defense," said Cynthia Brooks, 34. "He took the first shot and he [Arriola-Rochez] was still stabbing her."

    Seattle police questioned and released the 32-year-old man who shot Arriola-Rochez.
    He had a valid concealed-weapons permit and he apparently acted to protect others, said Seattle police spokesman Jeff Kappel.

    "It's an active homicide investigation, but he is not a suspect," Kappel said.
    Rinthya Brooks was an outgoing, pretty teenager — the second-oldest in a family of five girls and a boy — when she met Santos Arriola-Rochez in their native Roatán Island, Honduras, Cynthia Brooks said.

    Arriola-Rochez was charming, handsome and wooed Brooks with gifts of money, clothes and even a new gold-crown tooth, said Jenive Littrean, Brooks' youngest sister.

    Brooks told her family she and Arriola-Rochez would someday marry. But when the Brooks family moved to Miami in 1990, she met and married another man and had three children. The couple divorced about five years ago, Cynthia Brooks said.

    More than 15 years after leaving Honduras, Brooks returned and rekindled her romance with Arriola-Rochez. The couple married in 2003 and moved to Seattle.

    It wasn't until 2005 that Rinthya Brooks filed reports of domestic violence with Seattle police, but Cynthia Brooks said the first beatings began when her sister was six months pregnant with the couple's only child.

    Cynthia Brooks said she often confronted her sister about the cuts and bruises, but she said her sister denied any problems until the violence extended to her children about 2-½ years ago.

    The couple separated in January and divorced in July. Court records indicate Brooks and Arriola-Rochez filed for divorce on March 30.

    Court records also show that Arriola-Rochez had a record of domestic violence, including multiple counts of assault in April.

    After the couple parted, Arriola-Rochez frequently threatened her sister, Cynthia Brooks said. Though she was working as a medical assistant at Valley Medical Center in Renton, and as a stocker in a Tukwila Target store, Rinthya Brooks spent her nights at home in fear of her ex-husband, Cynthia Brooks said.

    Cynthia Brooks said her sister obtained a domestic violence no-contact order against her ex-husband. At the time of his death, Arriola-Rochez was wanted by authorities on an outstanding domestic-violence warrant.

    Brooks told her older sister she was scared.

    "She said, 'Why should I run from him? Why should I hide from him?,' " Cynthia Brooks recalled. "It's not fair because you have to rearrange your life because someone doesn't know what 'no' means."

    Nonetheless, Rinthya Brooks refused to hide in her home or alter her life, her sister said.

    Cynthia Brooks and Littrean, who lives in Issaquah, said they plan to raise their slain sister's children, a 14-year-old boy, a twin boy and girl who are 13, and a 3-year-old girl.

    "The 3-year-old is doing the best," Cynthia Brooks said. "I wish I was 3 years old again so I don't hurt as much as I'm hurting.”
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    This shows how ridiculously ineffective no-contact orders are. About the only thing they are good for is to bolster your case against the person when you finally end up having to take action against that person to defend yourself. It makes about as much sense as "Gun Free Zones"......

    Good thing someone there was armed and stopped this d-bag, but if only they had decided to draw and fire before they did.......I don't know about you, but if anyone ran into a room with a knife in their hand that would be cause to draw, warn, then fire if person didn't stop then and there.........adjust as necessary; in this situation it sounds like it happened so fast there wouldn't even be time to warn, just draw and fire. It seemed pretty clear the guy intended harm to someone there and anyone who got in his way.

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    sounds like the guy needed a gun drawn on him long ago.

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    And this is one more clean shoot that the Brady Campaign will use to bolster their skock statistics that you are more likely to shoot someone you know than not.

    Just because you know them doesn't mean they aren't intent on harming you or others.
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    "Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest." - Mahatma Gandhi

    As always, insert standard IANAL disclaimer here.

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    Did the VFW hall have a liquor license? That's a fact it would be nice to know; while I am sorry for the family, the interview with them tells us nothing we don't already know: their sister is dead and they are sad.This is yet another failure of the criminal justice system to punish a goblin, and another failur eof the police to protect someone with clear threats against their life. And yet, the media gives a bare litany of dispassionate, non-judgmental history, and moves right on to the ghoulish, soul-sucking "human interest" angle.
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    thebastidge wrote:
    Did the VFW hall have a liquor license? That's a fact it would be nice to know; while I am sorry for the family, the interview with them tells us nothing we don't already know: their sister is dead and they are sad.This is yet another failure of the criminal justice system to punish a goblin, and another failur eof the police to protect someone with clear threats against their life. And yet, the media gives a bare litany of dispassionate, non-judgmental history, and moves right on to the ghoulish, soul-sucking "human interest" angle.
    More likely a "Banquet License" for the party that was taking place. Different rules which allowed the DJ to legally carry the gun he used.
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    I didn't realize it was the DJ. That could change the rules even if it was a bar.

    Employees/owners are allowed to carry. Notice the exception listed in 9.41.300

    Part 1, D makes the carry in a bar illegal. Part 9 states "(9) Subsection (1)(d) of this section does not apply to the proprietor of the premises or his or her employees while engaged in their employment."

    So, if he was a DJ, even if he was in a bar, and he was working there, depending how he was employed (by the place or by a renter, and would that even matter???) he was probably legal to carry. (horribly worded, sorry) :-)

    Though, as stated before, this is probably moot since the VFW is likely not entirely a bar

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    joshmmm wrote:
    I didn't realize it was the DJ. That could change the rules even if it was a bar.

    Employees/owners are allowed to carry. Notice the exception listed in 9.41.300

    Part 1, D makes the carry in a bar illegal. Part 9 states "(9) Subsection (1)(d) of this section does not apply to the proprietor of the premises or his or her employees while engaged in their employment."

    So, if he was a DJ, even if he was in a bar, and he was working there, depending how he was employed (by the place or by a renter, and would that even matter???) he was probably legal to carry. (horribly worded, sorry) :-)

    Though, as stated before, this is probably moot since the VFW is likely not entirely a bar
    All that are worried about whether a person could carry in the VFW hall are overlooking the fact that this facility was more likely than not just a "Hall". A facility that hosted VFW Meetings and was rented out for banquets and parties. It doesn't have a restaurant attached and food service is catered by outside businesses. They have no Liquor License per se, alcohol service for parties is done under a Banquet License. The Caterer obtains the banquet license and provides alcohol to the guests. At the end of the day the license expires and it reverts to a "Hall".

    Because this is not a Liquor Serving facility as described in the law, anyone that can legally carry a gun can do so in this VFW hall. Don't confuse this VFW Hall with the one in "Small Town America" that has a bar, restaurant, and dance floor.
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    Yet ANOTHER reason why we the People need to have our Arms to PROTECT AGAINST foreign and domestice enemies."being necessary to the security of a free State"

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    "All that are worried about whether a person could carry in the VFW hall are overlooking the fact that this facility was more likely than not just a "Hall". "

    Not overlooking that possibility at all. (Not "fact". The "facts" have yet to be established). It's kind of the point of my question, no?

    Wondering about it, and lamenting the poor reporting. The idea that the shooter may have been an employee is another interesting possibility that might have been reported in the article.
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    Different article, along w/ a video...

    http://www.nwcn.com/statenews/washin...W.50df0cb.html

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