We only have the following blurb from the Seattle Police Department, and have not heard any other news. We will post more as we hear it. Please feel free to add relevant details in the comments.
Copied from the press release:
Homicide detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a woman found inside her Wallingford residence Monday morning.
At approximately 9:20 am, North Precinct patrol officers were summoned to a residence in the 1300 block of North 43rd Street. A friend of the 38-year-old victim came to the residence and discovered the victim inside, apparently deceased. Police and Seattle Fire were called to the scene, but the victim was pronounced dead.
Detectives were called out to the location to begin their investigation and CSI processed the scene.
This remains an active and on-going homicide investigation working in conjunction with the King County Prosecutor’s Office and the King County Medical Examiner. Anyone with information on this incident is urged to contact the Seattle Police Homicide Tip Line at (206) 233-5000.
Neighbors and friends have identified the victim as Lita Byrnes. She was well known to the community as a admin of the Wallingford & Fremont Community Facebook page as well as the Buy Nothing Wallingford (Central/East) Facebook group.
I only met her recently (she cat-sit for us while we were on vacation), but she struck me as a warm and good-hearted person. I have seen her work online to help people in need and foster community through the above groups. Her Facebook page is filling with personal memorials as my heart and eyes are filling in tears.
We don’t have any more information about the perpetrator, but at a commenter has noted that they saw someone being led away in handcuffs by the police.
(Photo from Lita’s Facebook page)