The parents of the suspected shooter accused of killing three young people at a house party in Mukilteo have released a statement expressing their sorrow and questioning “how all of us can heal from this catastrophe.”
The parents of 19-year-old Allen Ivanov released a statement Wednesday, expressing sorrow for the deaths of three young people at a house party early Saturday in Mukilteo.
“We raised our son with love and we taught him to love life, to respect other people,” Ivanov’s parents wrote. “Never in our worst nightmares did we think it would come to such tragedy for our family, our friends, our community.”
The statement was released through Ivanov’s attorneys, Tim Leary and Zach Wagnild.
A gathering of former Kamiak High School classmates turned deadly just after midnight Saturday, when 19-year-old Ivanov allegedly opened fire with an AR-15 assault-style rifle he had purchased a week earlier,
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Anna Bui, Ivanov’s ex-girlfriend, Jake Long and Jordan Ebner, all 19, were killed. Will Kramer, 18, was wounded and is still recovering at Harborview Medical Center, where he is now listed in satisfactory condition.
A fifth teen, party host Tristan Bratvold, managed to dodge the rounds fired at him.
Ivanov was charged Tuesday with three counts of aggravated first-degree murder and one count each of attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault.
Each of the counts also carries a firearms enhancement, and the murder charge related to Bui includes a domestic-violence enhancement.
According to police, Ivanov had broken up with Bui two months ago but then decided he wanted her back — and he was angry and jealous that she had been hanging out with other young men.
It is not yet known whether Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe will seek the death penalty against Ivanov.
The statement by Ivanov’s parents reads:
“Words alone cannot describe the depth of anguish our family feels for the loss of Anna, Jake and Jordan. We pray for Will’s health. Our hearts ache to know that their parents and families are feeling so much pain; please know that we are thinking of you and wish we could ease your grief. We simply cannot imagine how all of us can heal from this catastrophe.”
It ends, “We pray to God for strength for us all.”
The statement is signed simply, “parents of Allen Ivanov.”