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September 13, 2013 at 11:36 PM

College professor fatally stabbed in Pioneer Square, companion also hurt, suspect in custody

UPDATE 4:40 p.m: The man who died after being stabbed near Pioneer Square Friday night was 46-year-old Troy Wolff, chair of the English department at Shoreline Community College, the college said Saturday. 

Wolff and his partner, Kristin Ito, were walking near 3rd Avenue South and South Jackson Street after attending the Sounders soccer game at CenturyLink Field. Ito, who was also stabbed multiple times, was still in serious condition late Saturday afternoon, the Harborview nursing supervisor said.

“This is an unbelievably tragic loss,” said interim college president Daryl Campbell. “Troy was loved by students, loved by his fellow faculty members, loved by all who knew him.”

Kathie Hunt, Interim Dean of Humanities, said the loss will always be felt.

“A college is like a quilt, all the patches fitting together,” Hunt said. “Troy was a very big piece of our quilt. Eventually, we’ll figure out a way to mend it, but it will never be the same.”

Wolff started as part-time instructor at Shoreline in 1996 and became a full-time professor in 2001.  During that time, he taught abroad in Costa Rica, Spain, Greece, and Turkey. Besides teaching, he is the author of Seattle and King County: Gateway to the Pacific Northwest, and Seattle: The Emerald City.

On, a website on which students rate their teachers on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest score, Wolff received a 4.6 overall from 48 ratings.

One student said Wolff was one of the best teachers at Shoreline Community College.

“He is a great teacher, he makes you want to write interesting and thought out papers,” another student wrote. “He is informal enough to make class fun instead of intimidating.”

UPDATE 3:08 p.m: The male stabbing victim, a 46-year-old man, has died of his injuries, Seattle police say. The 30-year-old woman who was with him was also stabbed multiple times and remains hospitalized. 

The attacker, a 44-year-old male, was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of murder.

UPDATE: 11:00 a.m.: Two people stabbed  in an unprovoked and apparently random attack near Pioneer Square Friday night remain hospitalized with what police have called life-threatening injuries. Their attacker is in police custody.

At approximately 10:32 p.m. Friday, Seattle Police said SWAT and Gang unit officers responded to a 911 call of two people stabbed near 3rd Avenue South and South Jackson Street.  The preliminary investigation indicates that the man and woman were walking together in the 300 block of South Jackson Street when an adult male  suddenly confronted the pair with a small knife and began stabbing the woman repeatedly in the torso.

“The man she had been walking with attempted to intervene and the suspect turned on him and began stabbing the male victim repeatedly in the neck and torso,” the police report states.

When police arrived on the scene, the attacker was standing near the victims still holding the knife.  He dropped the knife and was taken into custody without further incident.

Fire department medics transported both victims to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, where they remain under treatment at the hospital.


Police said they believe there are no other suspects involved. They said the suspect is a stranger to the victims and that the attacks were unprovoked.  “There are indications that the suspect was operating at a diminished mental capacity,” the police report states.

An investigation continues.

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The victims were a man and a woman, both with life-threatening injuries, and the suspect in the incident has been arrested, the department tweeted.

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