September 2, 1965
March 23, 2017
Age at Death:
William Stokes Jr., 51, a native and resident of Morgan City, Louisiana, died Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Seattle. He is survived by a daughter, Lakisha Butler of New Iberia; a grandson; and a host of other relatives. He was fondly remembered by his dear friend of many years, Robin Gruhlkey.
Mr. Stokes had one grandson, Warren Harris, III also of New Iberia, LA and was loved by many relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his daughter Lashanna Butler, as well as his parents, William Stokes, Sr. and Margaret Stokes and one brother, Thomas Johnson.
Police responded to reports of a person armed with a knife in Des Moines, Washinton. Kent police officers arrived to assist Des Moines police. The officers arrived on scene to find a man carrying a machete. The subject was uncooperative with officers and refused to drop the weapon. The officers felt threatened and William Stokes was shot and killed at the scene.
Was justice served?
As of March 2021 the case is still under investigation.