Authorities: Man kills 16-year-old girl, turns gun on himself

Authorities have identified the 16-year-old girl who was found shot to death Thursday inside a Lynnwood home.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office identified Kandra B. Tan as the victim of what is believed to be a murder-suicide. The body of 33-year-old Liheang Ho was also found inside the home.

The Medical Examiner’s Office says Tan was shot several times in the abdomen. Ho, an Everett resident, then shot himself in the abdomen. His death was ruled a suicide.

A family member discovered the two bodies inside the home on 202nd Street Southwest at about 3 p.m. Thursday and called 911.

Police responded, but it took several hours before a search warrant was obtained. Investigators then spent the early morning hours gathering evidence inside the home.

Tan was a student at Mountlake Terrace High School. On Friday school principal Greg Schwab sent a note to parents addressing the girl’s death.

“It is with great sadness that I share with you information about the death of one of our students,” the note reads. “Kandra is remembered fondly by both staff and students as a warm and friendly young woman.”

Tan’s friends were devastated to learn of her death.

“I feel like it’s not real and I feel like I’m going to wake up tomorrow and it’s going to be a dream. It just doesn’t feel real,” said Maddy Caiola.

Investigators have not yet released information about how — or if — Tan knew Ho, or a motive for the shooting.