The King County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed on Thursday the deaths of two Thai women found in a unit at the Malloy Apartments in Seattle’s University District as a murder-suicide.
The women were identified as 25-year-old Kornkamol Leenavarat and 32-year-old Thiti-orn Chotchuangsap.
The older woman fatally stabbed her younger roommate before stabbing herself in the chest on Saturday inside their apartment unit at 4337 15th Ave. N.E. Seattle, according to Seattle Times
Their bodies were found on Tuesday after the building manager conducted a welfare check on the students. Police were immediately called after the discovery and initially suspected that the case was a murder-suicide since there had been no outstanding suspects at the time.
Both Leenavarat and Thiti-orn were students at the University of Washington’s law school under the Masters of Law program, UW President Ana Mari Cauce said in a statement posted on the university website
“This is a heartbreaking loss for their families, friends and our entire community. I offer condolences on behalf of our University to everyone who is grieving as a result of this tragedy,” Cauce said. “The Seattle Police Department has made clear that this was an incident between these individuals and that there is no risk to the broader community.”
Cauce also encouraged everyone at the university who is having any trouble to seek help.
“The effects of a tragedy like this, however, can be far reaching, so I encourage any member of the UW community who needs comfort or assistance to contact the UW Counseling Center or to visit our Student Life site or Safe Campus for more resoufor tue rces,” the university’s president said.
Leenavarat was a member of a political family. She was the youngest daughter of Pawawin, the former deputy mayor of Thanyaburi municipality, in Pathum Thani province, and the niece of the current mayor of the municipality, according to Bangkok Post
Thiti-orn, meanwhile, is believed to be from Samut Sakhon province, The Nation
reported. An online search result lists her as a director of Pornsiri Power Limited Partnership, which is a Samut Sakhon-based company that deals with food products.
Leenavarat’s family will reportedly travel to Seattle to collect her belongings and take her remains back home.