Family members confirmed that the victim of Saturday’s murder in Mountlake Terrace was 20-year-old Forest Jackson, a 2011 MTHS graduate, according to the Mountlake Terrace High School Hawkeye newspaper.
On the MTHS BANDS Facebook page, band director Darin Faul called Jackson’s death a “tragedy,” and remembered Jackson as someone who had a passion for music and, “was always great to be around, the Hawkeye noted.
Jackson was part of the Mountlake Terrace High School Jazz Ensemble I that placed third in the prestigious Essentially Ellington Competition at New York City’s Lincoln Center in May 2011. During the competition, Jackson received an Outstanding Tenor Saxophone award.
Police responded to the Lakeside Apartments in the 6300 block of Albion Place at 1:48 a.m. Saturday after a woman called from her locked bedroom to report a male roommate with a possible fatal wound. The male suspect was reported as having run from the residence, police said.
Our online news partner The Seattle Times reported that the alleged assailant, also 20 and from Mountlake Terrace, told police he’d killed Jackson while trying to get his Xanax pills back. The man was booked into Snohomish County Jail on suspicion of second-degree murder.