To relatives and friends, Trina Bolar, 51, was an exceptional caregiver who loved children and offered charity. A passer-by found her dead in her Seattle home on Tuesday.
The children of Trina Bolar, found fatally shot in her Madison Valley home in Seattle, are seeking answers in their mother’s death.
“Why did it happen?” said her daughter, Rushawn Barnes, 30, sobbing. “Everybody loved her.”
Bolar, 51, was found fatally shot in the home in the 2800 block of East Arthur Place, east of Capitol Hill, Seattle police say. A passer-by found her body “just inside the doorway,” says a GoFundMe page aimed at covering funeral expenses.
“It’s been very hard,” the daughter said. “It’s just crazy.”
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An exceptional caregiver, Bolar spent her days volunteering, baby-sitting and cooking, Barnes said. Charity and faith defined her, she said.
“She would feed people, give people a place to stay,” Barnes said. “She loved children. She would baby-sit everybody’s children.”
Born and raised in Seattle, Bolar also took care of Barnes’ father, whose health deteriorated until his death in April, Barnes said. He was 90.
In addition to Barnes, Bolar is survived by an adult son and several grandchildren.
Since her death, friends and relatives have gone to Facebook to express their condolences, describing Bolar as happy, a sincere friend and “full of life.”
One woman, who said she worked across the street from Bolar’s home, said Bolar’s death “is as close to home as it (gun violence) has gotten for me.”
The woman continued:
“She was always first to say hello, was always entertaining people and offering me food when she was cooking,” the woman posted. “Her children and grandchildren were always in the yard playing, dancing and singing.”