Natasha Marie “Tasha” Brincefield

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Natasha Marie “Tasha” Brincefield

Burien, King County, Washington, USA
Death 21 Oct 2021 (aged 22)
Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington, USA
Burial Burial Details Unknown
Memorial ID 233293566 View Source
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Pastor's wife, son among Tacoma mass shooting victims. Families speak about their loss Maria Nunez, Raymond Williams and Natasha Brincefield and Emery Iese were murdered in a mass shooting Thursday, Oct. 21 in Tacoma. Shooting in Salishan neighborhood Four people were shot dead in Tacoma's Salishan neighborhood Thursday evening. Stick with The News Tribune as we report the latest in this developing story. Two Tacoma families were in shock Friday as they grieved over the deaths of a mother, her teenage son, his uncle and the uncle's girlfriend. The four were gunned down late Thursday afternoon in the Salishan neighborhood at the home of a family matriarch. Family members confirmed Friday that Maria Nunez, 42; her son, Emery Iese, 19; Nunez's brother, Raymond Williams, 22; and Williams' girlfriend, Natasha Brincefield, 22, died in the shooting. The Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office released the identities of Nunez, Iese and Brincefield on Friday evening. They all died of gunshot wounds, and their deaths were classified as homicides. Spoke with multiple family members Friday. All expressed grief and bewilderment over their losses. None knew why their loved ones would be targeted by an assailant, who remained at large Friday afternoon. "As parents, we're supposed to protect them," said Brincefield's mother, Kathina Brincefield. "My mom was just so loving," Mary Nunez said of her mother, Maria Nunez. "She was just so kind and always willing to help people. And my brother was just the most genuine, nicest, smartest kid." Maria Nunez was remembered for her love of family and community. COURTESY IESE FAMILY MARIA NUNEZ Maria Nunez is the wife of longtime Tacoma pastor Louie Iese, who ministers to a congregation on Tacoma's Eastside. The couple are the parents of seven children. Iese was too grief stricken to speak about his family Friday. Adding to his sorrow, he said before passing the phone to another family member, were scurrilous rumors about his family on social media. Indigenous Affairs Weekly roundup of news affecting Native American communities in the Northwest. "He's taking it really hard," Mary Nunez said. Mary Nunez said her mother was heavily involved with her husband's church and provided ad hoc counseling for members. "She always put her family first and the community was right after," Mary said. "She was a friend to everyone." Nunez didn't have a green thumb but was an avid gardener and was sure to help at any church event. "She loved flowers and just loved people and her family," Mary Nunez said. "She loved sweets. She was always there at (bake) sales, being supportive." Nunez and Iese adopted a 4-year-old boy recently. Until then, Emery Iese had been the only boy in the family. Emery Iese was protective of his sisters, family said. COURTESY IESE FAMILY EMERY IESE A June graduate of Chief Leschi School, Emery Iese still lived at home with his parents. "He was the only boy, so he grew up with all girls," Mary Nunez said. He was very protective of his sisters, she added. On Friday, Emery Iese's bedroom was decorated with Raiders football memorabilia along with his drawings and guitars, his sister said. Art and music were two of his passions. "He drew all the time and he's painting, " Mary Nunez broke into sobs. "He's a good boy." Emery Iese was the family's cheerleader and comedian, Mary Nunez said, organizing outings with his siblings to see movies, getting frozen yogurt or go hiking. He recently joined a boxing gym. "He always wanted us to be together and make memories," she said. Emery Iese had plans to start college in January. He wanted to become a teacher. First, he got a job at a doughnut shop, his sister said. On Thursday afternoon, Maria Nunez picked him up from work. Before heading home, she said she had to pick up some documents from her mother's home in the Salishan neighborhood. It was the last the family heard from her. Mary Nunez speculates her mother and brother pulled up to the residence at about the same time Williams and Brincefield arrived, 1:47 Resident grandmother reacts to mass shooting in her neighborhood On Friday, Oct. 22, a day after a quadruple murder occurred across the street from her home in Tacoma's Salishan neighborhood, a grandmother reflects on how the event "devastated" her. Raymond Williams lived with his mother, Marlene Williams, 60, according to Raymond's brother, Marcos. Marcos and Marlene Williams spoke with The News Tribune on Friday. Raymond Williams took care of his mother, who has a number of health complications. "I'm screaming and crying," Marlene Williams said. "'Lord, why?' Why did this happened to the best people you could ever meet?" Marlene Williams said both Maria Nunez and Raymond Williams doted on her. "Maria is like six blocks away from me, and she would bring me food three times a week," Marlene Williams said. "Raymond would make sure that I take my medication and he makes sure I eat and drink water." Raymond Williams would go so far as to hide Marlene's soda pop, which she wasn't supposed to drink. He also chastised her for dropping litter on the ground and was careful to pick up any discarded masks he found on the ground so they wouldn't injure animals. Raymond Williams has two dogs, the latest in a life filled with pets, his family said. Marcos Williams said his brother relished his role as an uncle. "He wanted to be a good role model to my nephews, and so he would pick them up and spar with boxing gloves and to try to get them all together," Marcos Williams said. Marlene Williams said her son was soft spoken and quiet: "He won't talk to you, unless you talk to him." Raymond Williams and girlfriend, Brincefield, would buy hand warmers and food and give them to people living in homeless encampments. "He was just a sweetheart to me," Marlene Williams said. Raymond Williams attended both Chief Leschi and Lincoln High School. It was at Lincoln where he met his future girlfriend, Brincefield. Raymond Williams and Natasha Brincefield were known to buy supplies to help homeless people, loved ones said. COURTESY WILLAMS/BRINCEFIELD FAMILIES NATASHA BRINCEFIELD Her family and friends called her Tasha. "If there was a family member that needed help, she would just be there in a minute to help you and you know, and she was there to defend you," her mother Kathina Brincefield said. Like her boyfriend, Brincefield was a role model for younger people, Kathina and father Timothy Brincefield told The News Tribune on Friday. Even after graduating from high school, she returned to speak with and motivate students at the request of her former teachers. Brincefield lived in Lakewood. Her parents live in Tacoma. They have two younger children, Kairi, 18 and Jacob, 16. "She was always really sweet," Kairi Brincefield said. "We both looked up to her. She took care of us." "She would try to hang out with her sister and make time for her brother," Kathina Brincefield said. It had been about a month since she had seen her daughter. They had a mini-family reunion planned for this weekend with her grandfather, visiting from out of town. She worked for Frito-Lay, stocking store shelves. Working for a large company motivated her to pursue a career in business, Kathina Brincefield said. She had her sights set on business school. "And Raymond is such a good guy," Kathina said. "I mean, he loves Tasha. She loves him just as much. They were talking about their future and having a family together. This person took that away from them. For my daughter to be a mom." GOFUNDME A GoFundMe account has been established for Williams' and Brincefield's funeral expenses. This story was ori

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