• Arrest made in fatal shooting of Edmonds teen

    By: Deborah Horne

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    A teen suspected of shooting and killing a 17-year-old Edmonds girl late last week was arrested Monday. 

    Police arrested a 16-year-old suspect. They say he was with two other juveniles and an adult female. 

    They were detained, too, for allegedly rendering criminal assistance.

    When the teen disappeared, he left in his wake a lot of people desperate for answers, including the police but also -- and especially -- the victim's family.

    "She was an amazing spirit," said Amanda Intveld, the teenager's mother. "She always had people's best interest in mind. She was just a beautiful soul."

    That is how Intveld is remembering her first-born, 17-year-old Gala Zuehlke.
    She talked by telephone from Whatcom County, three days after a friend found Gala shot dead inside the Edmonds apartment she shared with her father. 

    "She wanted to a mom," Intveld said, "and a teacher. She just loved kids. She liked little kids."

    Her dreams were cut short Friday afternoon.

    Edmonds police say a 16-year-old teenager from Mountlake Terrace, a friend, shot her inside her apartment.

    "She wasn't romantically involved," her mother said. "She didn't have a boyfriend. She just had a lot of friends."

    She was asked if her daughter ever mentioned the suspect.

    "No," said Intveld. "She didn't usually mention boys by name."

    Police detectives weren't sure initially why her daughter was dead. But within hours, they believed her death might have been accidental and the teenage suspect fled. 

    Late Monday morning, their search for him ended.

    "The detectives, who never really went home, continued to work and put pieces together and developed information and were able to take the suspect into custody for what we're considering a homicide investigation," said Edmonds police Sgt. Josh McClure. 

    He was asked if they have concluded the shooting was not an accident.

    "That's what we're trying to figure out right now," he said.

    Zuehlke's mother was asked what she would say to the suspect, if she could.

    "I don't even know what I would say to him," Intveld said. "I do appreciate all the help his parents are giving to the detectives to help locate him."

    KIRO 7 communicated with the suspect's mother before and after his arrest.

    "Our hearts go out to the family of the girl that lost her life," the teen's mother wrote. "We are just hoping (our son) gets the help he desperately needs. So everyone, including ourselves, can get some clarity and resolution to this tragic event. This is unimaginable to us."

    Her son is booked into the Denny Juvenile Justice Center for investigation of second-degree murder.
     

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