Seattle man charged with killing his children’s mother,

King County prosecutors charged Daniel Tesfai with first-degree murder in the death of Lucia Kashai at a Rainier Valley home

SEATTLE — The King County Attorney’s Office has charged a Seattle man with first-degree murder for killing his children’s mother.

Prosecutors charged Daniel Tesfai with stabbing Lucia Kashai to death at a home in Rainier Valley on the night of August 1.

Kashai’s 30-plus-year-old boyfriend reflected on their friendship on Wednesday.

“She wouldn’t want me to cry right now, but it’s hard not to. She was very important. A special person,” Ali told England.

Kashai was a mother of four children.

Tesfai, the father of her children, is accused of repeatedly stabbing her. Court documents say it began while she was lying on the couch with two of her children.

It was the couple’s children who called 911.

“It’s difficult to see her hurt and affected in that way when she didn’t deserve that stamp on her name when she was so much more,” England said.

Kashai’s family and friends want her to be remembered for her positive impact on the community. England said she always volunteered and even fed people waiting at the bus stop.

“She has never met a stranger. If she saw someone with an expression on their face, she would give them a big, bright smile and say something funny,” England said.

According to indictment documents, Kashai filed a request for a protective order in 2017, and her brother told police the couple had previously had violent incidents.

“If you know your friend is going through something, try your best to protect him. Try harder,” said England.

There have been 10 domestic violence homicides in King County so far this year. In 2021 there were 16.

Rachelle Nesta with New Beginnings helps victims and survivors. Each year, the group receives more than 10,000 calls to its hotline and cares for more than 1,000 survivors and children.

“It takes an average of seven times for a survivor to walk before they can finally walk,” said Rachelle Nesta, director of development at New Beginnings.

Nesta said one of the biggest misconceptions is why the victims don’t leave, but she said it’s complicated as there are many factors at play.

“Someone is controlling your life, has all this power over you, maybe you’re isolated, that makes it even harder to break out of,” Nesta said.

New Beginnings is there to help no matter how many times someone goes back.

As for England, her family and friends are asking for prayers.

“My thoughts keep returning to what she would want us to do and that is to pray for her and her family,” England said.

Prosecutors are demanding that Tesfai not be granted bail. According to court documents, he left the scene and was arrested by the Washington State Patrol.

Prosecutors said Tesfai has significant resources and owns at least one dealership in King County.

Tesfai will be charged on August 18.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help Lucia Kashai’s children.

If you or someone you know is potentially experiencing domestic violence, call or visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233, text START to 88788 for additional guides and resources.

Visit the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Website for additional local resources.

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