Friends rally to help father of girl killed in Tukwila


Stephen Tully

BURIEN, Washington - A fundraising effort is underway to help the father of a girl killed in Tukwila last month who is now homeless, the B-Town Blog reports.

Police and prosecutors said Jasmyn Tully, 17, was stabbed to death on March 17 as she slept at a Tukwila apartment. The suspect, 17-year-old Kolby Clark, told detectives he felt an urge to hurt someone, police said. He’s pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and is being held on $1 million bail.

Tully was an only child to her father, Stephen Tully, who has been struggling with his daughter’s death and with homelessness, B-Town reported Sunday.

"There's no playbook for this," he told KIRO 7 on Tuesday afternoon. "She was so alive all the time. Nothing ever got her down."

From the blog:

“Steve and his brother owned a successful construction business for 12 years building new houses and when the housing crisis hit, the business went under,” said family friend Susan Fortier-Kelley. ”He has been trying to work construction jobs but wasn’t making enough to get by and he lost his house about seven months ago.”

 He’s been staying with friends and sleeping in his truck with his two dogs Ezzy (a purebred Shiba Inu) and Luna (Husky/Shepard mix). He shouldn’t have to be dealing with the stress of homelessness on top of grieving the loss of his daughter AND facing a long drawn out court battle which is quite possible.

"She had trouble spots, but a lot of teenagers do," Stephen said, speaking of Jasmyn. "But she was doing really well, and that's what the hard part was; that she had so much life."

He said Jasmyn had run with the wrong crowd, but had lately been turning her life around. She received an education award from King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg for her achievements.

"It's pretty empty without her," Stephen said.

Friends of Tully have set up a FundRazr account to help him, with the goal of raising $10,000.

"It's really hard to see him go through this," said Fortier-Kelley, who set up a Facebook page for Jasmyn and the campaign to help Stephen. "I don't think anybody should have to go through the loss of a child in this manner, in such a violent way, and also have to deal with the stress of homelessness."

Supporters are also petitioning the city of Burien to change the name of its skate park to The Jasmyn Tully Memorial Skate Park, in her honor.