Lily Luksich Mill Creek WA – Lily Luksich, a resident of Mill Creek, Washington, and a Pole vaulter of the Pacific Lutheran University Athletes Women’s Track and Field was injured following the deadly incident at the music festival at Beyond Wonderland Gorge Amphitheater on Saturday, June 17, 2023. Lily majored in Business Administration at PLU and was a graduate of Henry Jackson High School where she earned four varsity letters pole vaulting for the Timberwolves and spent two years as a team captain.
What happened to Lily Luksich?
Around 8:20 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, 2023, a 911 call was made reporting gunfire inside the campground at the Gorge Amphitheater close to George Washington. That evening, officers from a number of regional law enforcement organizations provided services at the Gorge.
These organizations included the US Bureau of Land Management, the Quincy Police Department, the Royal City Police Department, the Moses Lake Police Department, the Soap Lake Police Department, and the Grant County Sheriff’s Office. All those policemen arrived in Campground H in the northeastern part of the campground without delay. When they arrived, they discovered the bodies of two females who seemed to have been shot in the head and were both unconscious.
At the scene, both women were declared deceased. Coroner Craig Morrison has named the two women as Seattle residents Brandy Escamilla, 29, and Josilyn Ruiz, 26, all of whom are 29 years old. Two more persons also suffered from bullet wounds and needed medical attention. They are Lily Luksich, 20, of Mill Creek, Washington, and Andrew Cuadra, 31, of Eugene, Oregon. They were taken by ambulance to nearby medical facilities.
James Kelly charged with murder
Later, Andrew Cuadra was moved to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center. A bullet that wounded a private security guard who was responding to the report of shots fired pierced her eyeglasses. She was bruised and cut by the crash, but she wasn’t gravely hurt. James M. Kelly, 26, of Joint Base Lewis-McChord is the suspect. After being treated for a gunshot wound in a hospital, he was transported back to Grant County today and is now incarcerated there.
He is being held while two first-degree murder counts, two first-degree assault offenses, and one first-degree domestic violence assault count are being investigated. The North Central Washington Special Investigation Unit is looking into what happened during this incident, and they will later go into more detail about what transpired that evening. Additional information will be given in probable cause statements that will be filed in the upcoming days.
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