Family remembers Tracy Fergerstrom's love, spirit

SPOKANE, Wash. - On Wednesday family members were remembering homicide victim Tracy Fergerstrom as a firecracker, a loving mother, sister, daughter and aunt whose life ended too soon.

Fergerstrom, 46, was identified by the Spokane County Medical Examiner as the woman found deceased in a home in the 2500 block of N. Standard Tuesday morning. The man suspected of killing her, 37-year-old Jeremy Arnold, was shot and killed by Spokane Police several hours later when he drove up to the house in Fergerstrom's truck.

While police are working to uncover the story behind how she died, her co-workers and family are sharing how she lived.

"It just doesn't seem real, ya know?" Corey Forsstrom said.

Forsstrom is Tracy's nephew, and said his aunt was the second youngest of five sisters and had recently moved to the Spokane area from Hawaii.

"Definitely a firecracker out of the sisters, you know, doesn't exactly have filter," Corey laughed, remembering his aunt. He added that Tracy's parents still can't believe what happened.

"How else do you handle something like that, especially when it's your own kids," he asked.

The family knew something was wrong when they saw news footage of Arnold driving Fergerstrom's blue truck moments before he was shot and killed by police. In an instant they realized that Tracy, the woman who was always quick with a smile, was gone forever.

Fergerstrom left behind three daughters, the youngest just 9-years-old.

"Just one of those people who don't deserve it like that you know," Corey said.

Tracy Fergerstrom had been working at a liquor store in north Spokane, and a fellow employee there described Tracy as friendly and very outgoing.

Family members were hesitant to say Tracy was dating Jeremy Arnold, but they did say she had become very attached to Arnold's two-year-old daughter.