New details in homicide of former student


Forest Jackson, a 2011 MTHS graudate, was killed on March 29. Photo Courtesy of the Jackson family.

By Nick Fiorillo

Updated March 30, 9:38 p.m.

Family members confirmed that the victim of Saturday’s homicide in Mountlake Terrace was 20-year-old Forest Jackson, a 2011 MTHS graduate. He died after being stabbed multiple times, according to police.

Police said they received a call from a woman inside her locked room at the 6300 block of St. Albion Way. The woman reported that her male roommate had potentially fatal stab wounds and that the suspect, also a 20-year-old man and former MTHS student, fled on foot. 

Police said the man later called 911 and told police he had killed his friend. The suspect later turned himself into police and was booked at the Snohomish County Jail.

The family declined to comment at this time, but said a public memorial service is scheduled for April 7. You can find the details about the memorial service here. 

Frank Hume, also a 2011 MTHS graduate, remembered Jackson as one of his “best friends from high school,” and as “an amazing person.”

Hume and Jackson were in the MTHS Jazz 1 Music Ensemble together, where they became great friends. Hume said just last year Jackson and he played in a band together again at Shoreline Community College.

“He was a great friend, great musician and was capable of being an amazing person, and he was,” Hume said. “[Jackson’s death] is just a big loss to the community…he will be missed.”

MTHS students, staff and families have taken to social media to express their sadness and memories of Jackson.

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.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. His death is so sad and impossible to understand…He will be missed,” Faul wrote on the Facebook post.

The Hawkeye will continue to bring you the latest developments as they are made available.

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Forest Jackson, a 2011 MTHS graudate, was killed on March 29. Photo Courtesy of the Jackson family.
Forest Jackson (center), a 2011 MTHS graduate, was killed on March 29. Photo courtesy of the Jackson family.