Ex-Seattle Humane CEO David Loewe Identified in Murder-Suicide Tragedy

The former CEO of Seattle Humane, David E. Loewe, has been identified as the perpetrator of a murder in their North Bend home.

According to Snoqualmie Police Department investigations, David shot and killed his wife, Judy M. Loewe, before committing suicide.

Judy’s body was found in a freezer in the couple’s townhome garage during a welfare check by maintenance personnel on January 31.

David Loewe Dead for a Month and Judy’s Time Uncertain

Police spokesperson James Kaae confirmed that David Loewe had been dead for about a month before their remains were discovered.  However, the exact moment of Judy Loewe’s death is unknown.

Along with the couple’s unfortunate finding, four murdered cats were discovered in the freezer, prompting a further investigation by King County’s Regional Animal Services.

Despite this, the causes of the cats’ deaths are unknown, as no necropsies were ordered.

Ex-Seattle Humane CEO David Loewe Identified in Murder-Suicide Tragedy

Investigation and Community Response

Authorities said the murder-suicide appears to be an isolated crime, but the circumstances leading up to it are still being investigated.

In addition, the Loewes were facing eviction from their house in the Arrive North Bend complex due to unpaid rent, with David Loewe serving as the only leaseholder.

Seattle Humane, where David previously served as CEO, expressed its sincere regret over the incident, sending condolences to all involved and awaiting the outcome of the continuing inquiry.

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A Life Remembered: The Loewes’ Legacy and Impact

Dedicated Volunteers and Animal Advocates

David and Judy Loewe, both 60, had been long-time volunteers at Seattle Humane, a nonprofit animal shelter noted for its community support and resources for pet owners.

Judy was characterized as a passionate volunteer who went above and beyond to care for animals, especially cats.

She was noted for her sympathetic approach, particularly with cats in critical condition, and her inventive flair for naming them attracted her to both colleagues and animals.

According to The Seattle Times, “The man who shot and killed his wife in their North Bend home before committing himself has been named as Seattle Humane’s former CEO.”

Memories Shared by Colleagues

Judy’s former coworkers fondly appreciated her persistent dedication to animal welfare.

Jess Charlton, a volunteer and former staff member, remembers Judy’s sympathetic manner and gift for naming cats, which made those around her happy.

James Templeman, who worked with the Loewes at Seattle Humane, expressed astonishment and sadness over the awful news, citing David’s retirement announcement just months before the event.

Community Mourns Loss

The news of the Loewes’ deaths resonated throughout the neighborhood, leaving many in shock and sadness.

Colleagues, acquaintances, and volunteers remember the couple for their commitment to animal care and compassion for both animals and people.

As the inquiry into their deaths continues, the community remembers their lives and the enduring impact they had on those around them.

Following this tragedy, Seattle Humane and the larger community are dealing with deep grief, honoring David and Judy Loewe for their compassion, dedication, and continuing legacy of care for animals and one another.

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