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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

[WA] Corrections Officer Grant and his wife Brenda Marie Justus Grant are gone


Brenda Grant, whose maiden name is Justus and a member of a longtime West End family, was a lifelong Forks resident who worked at Forks Community Hospital... James Grant was a corrections officer at Clallam Bay Corrections Center...


...Services for the couple have not been scheduled. Funeral arrangements will be handled by Drennan-Ford Funeral Home...

UPDATE: COUPLE DEAD IN APPARENT FORKS MURDER-SUICIDE IDENTIFIED
Peninsula Daily News
Lonnie Archibald
July 26, 2010
[Excerpts] A Forks couple found dead in an apparent murder-suicide this morning were identified tonight as James and Brenda Grant. Investigators believe that Grant shot his wife and then himself in a domestic dispute early this morning, Clallam County Sheriff’s Detective Lyman Moores said. The investigation began after a five-hour standoff. The incident was called in about 6 a.m. as a despondent man inside the home with his wife and two children... “This is a very sad situation,” [Mayor Bryon] Monohon said. “This is a well-known family in Forks”... National Park Service rangers, the Department of Corrections, Clallam County sheriff’s deputies and troopers from the Washington State Patrol assisted the Forks Police Department, Monohon said. [Full article here]

READER COMMENTS

...Everyone involved has lost a loved one. I am sure Jim's family is just as much hurt as we are...

...there is a lot of anger. But anger will get nothing accomplished, My prayers go out to Jim's family as well. Through all of this , there are raw emotions involved there is a lot of anger with what has happened. I am trying not to be angry...

...Please know that many folks and relatives in Alaska and in Montana are heartbroken over this tragedy. Please know that you are all in our prayers, especially the little ones...

...That is MY FAMILY that this happened to. Those were my Cousins that are now dead...

...Forks Police Chief Lloyd Lee also was assisted by Clallam Bay Corrections Center's Crisis Negotiation team, LaPush Fish and Wildlife officers, National Park Service rangers and state Department of Natural Resources law enforcement officers...

2 DEAD IN MURDER-SUICIDE SHOOTING IN FORKS
Peninsula Daily News
By Paige Dickerson
7/27/10
[Excerpts] Two children slept in their home until a voice from an amplified bullhorn outside awakened them. Moments later, the young children ran out of the home, and SWAT officers - one of whom had been shouting into the bullhorn - went inside to make a grisly discovery: The children's parents were dead. Longtime Forks residents James Robert Grant, 49, and his wife, Brenda Marie Grant, 46, were found dead in their home at about 11 a.m. Monday as the result of what authorities believe to be a murder-suicide about five hours before... Clallam County Sheriff's Detective Tom Reyes was called in as lead negotiator and attempted to contact the Grants for about five hours while police waited for the State Patrol SWAT team to arrive from Tacoma... The team arrived at about 10:55 a.m. -- about the same time the children ran outside... Forks Police Chief Lloyd Lee also was assisted by Clallam Bay Corrections Center's Crisis Negotiation team, LaPush Fish and Wildlife officers, National Park Service rangers and state Department of Natural Resources law enforcement officers. Brenda Grant, whose maiden name is Justus and a member of a longtime West End family, was a lifelong Forks resident who worked at Forks Community Hospital, Camille Scott, hospital administrator, confirmed... James Grant was a corrections officer at Clallam Bay Corrections Center... [Full article here]

READER COMMENTS

...My heart goes out to the children and hope they will be able to find peace in their lives...

...The family wants closer. They want to understand why he could do such a horrible thing...

...How very sad and tragic...

...We all hang by such fragile threads...

POLICE: MAN BEHIND FORKS MURDER-SUICIDE LEFT NOTE
By KOMO Staff & Peninsula Daily News
Jul 26, 2010
[Excerpts] ...Investigators believe James Grant, 49, shot his wife, 43-year-old Brenda Grant, in the head before turning the gun on himself, [Clallam County Sheriff’s Detective Lyman] Moores said. Police responded to the couple's home at approximately 6 a.m. after a friend of James Grant, who'd received a strange text message from him, called 911. "You'll hate me. Please take the two kids and raise them right. Take the best care of them," the message said. The recipient called James Grant, who said he didn't think he'd be around much longer. The friend rushed over to the house in the 100 block of G St., and while standing outside, heard a gunshot coming from inside the house... Using a bull horn, police negotiators tried to contact James Grant, but got no answer. After five hours, two children - a boy, 10, and a girl, either 4 or 6 - ran out of the house. Neither was injured. The kids were sleeping in another room in the home at the time of the shooting, Moores said. The boy told investigators he woke up to find his sister in bed with him. The children opened the bedroom door and saw their mother... and their father in a similar state with a handgun in his lap. Investigators found an apparent suicide note signed by James Grant. In the note found on the kitchen table, the man said he'd take his wife's and his own lives, and asked that their kids be well cared for... "As far as the investigation goes, there is no mistake to the event that took place," Moores said... "This is a big shock to the community. This is a small community, and these people have been around a long time. So there is a lot of concern... My heartfelt and deepest sympathy goes out to the children and the family in this tragic situation. It is really hard on everyone - the family, the friends. It is hard investigating this type of crimes, and we really empathize with the loss." [Full article here]

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