Kiro7 TV News in Seattle reported on the stabbing of a 46-year-old college English professor who died Saturday, September 15th. The unprovoked and apparently random attack happened in downtown Seattle as thousands of people left a Sounders soccer game at CenturyLink Field.
Troy Wolff was stabbed in the neck and torso as he tried to defend his 30-year-old partner, who was also attacked Friday night .
Seattle police spokesman Jeff Kappel says the 44-year-old suspect was arrested on the scene, where he was standing near the victims and holding a knife when police arrived. He dropped the knife and was taken into custody without further incident.
Wolff was the chair of the English department at Shoreline Community College.
Wolff's partner, Kristin Ito, was in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center late Saturday afternoon.
Kiro7 TV News interview is here, but it does not show one of the key quotes from Pamela Wolfe, the mother of the victim. On their initial broadcast, Kiro7 showed Pamela Wolfe stating that she can not forgive the devil, that she can not forgive Satan in the man, but she could forgive the killer.
Her statement identifies Satan as the entity responsible for the violence and recognizes the killer as an aimless man without a deep intentionality. This idea from Pamela Wolfe was captured in the media while she was in shock which means that this idea is deep and real part of her and not a new notion that she is trying out to see if it works.
Troy Wolfe was killed protecting his girlfriend, and Troy's brother said Sunday that he also has forgiven the killer.
Wolff's mother and brother said they're holding on to one piece of Scripture.
"Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay his life down for his friends," Tony Wolff read aloud. "And that summarizes what Troy's life was about.”
"He was genuine, caring, and loving," Tony Wolff said of his brother.
"He'll always be a hero," mother Pamela Wolff said.
"I'm glad Kristin's still with us," Wolff's mother said.
Kristin Ito is in the hospital in stable condition.
They met at Shoreline Community College, where she worked briefly before becoming employed with Expedia.
The college's interim president, Daryl Campbell, said they're working to honor Wolff's memory and will ask the campus and co-workers for suggestions on the best way to do that.
"He was an extraordinary man and an extraordinary teacher," Campbell said. "Over his 17 years, he impacted literally thousands of students' lives."
Pamela Wolfe has put forth a profound idea at a time when her deepest values must be the only reality from which she speaks and acts. To instantly see the difference between the devil and the man led her to embrace forgiveness and be with her son's existence even after he died. Another quote from Pamela Wolfe that was edited out of the Kiro7 TV News broadcast as they cleaned it up for prime time was that "Troy is still with us."