KIRKLAND, Wash. - Kirkland police are searching for the killer of a young mother. Amy Gang's body was found on Monday. Then, they called her death suspicious. Now, they call it murder.
The King County Medical Examiner has now determined 28-year-old Gang died by strangulation. Investigators have spoken to a person of interest in the case, but so far there have been no arrests.
Meanwhile, four young children have lost their mother.
When you get to the quiet cul-de-sac on Northeast 130th Place, it's easy to think you have the wrong address. It looks too quiet and peaceful to have hosted such violence, especially to the people who call the neighborhood home.
"Scary to think it could happen two houses away," said Alan Lofquist, himself a father of young kids.
It did happen two doors down, in a bedroom. Someone strangled Amy Gang with their own hands -- then left her dead.
"It is shock-- it is shock," Soo Chin said, after remembering seeing Amy playing in the yard years ago when she was a little girl. Many neighbors have been in the area for more than 15 years and saw Amy Gang grow up and out of her parents' home.
Many didn't even know she had moved back in with her mom. But Amy's closest friends did. They say Amy was back at her mom's place because she was worried about her own safety. They say an ex-boyfriend had threatened Amy repeatedly. She had gotten a restraining order. They believe he did it.
Amy's friends are so scared of the man they believe killed her, they did not want to go on camera. Not until her killer is behind bars--and there is justice for her four small children.
Kirkland police confirm they believe the killer knew Amy. But, there is still a lot of evidence to process before they may make an arrest.