‘I’m always going to love him’: Family remembers man shot and killed in northwest Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. – A Spokane Valley mother will bury her son just four days before Christmas. 

Michael Lindblom, 24, was shot and killed two weeks ago in northwest Spokane. 

He was at a home near Shannon and Adams when a man – who police say Lindblom didn’t know – barged in, shooting Lindblom dead. Three blocks away, the shooter shot himself. 

Police said the shooter knew a former tenant in the space where Lindblom was. According to people familiar with the shooter, they told police the man was known to use drugs.

Lindblom’s family says they are numb, especially with the holidays right around the corner. 

“He’s my baby. He’s still here. I expect him to come in the door anytime. I don’t believe this,” his mother Kim said. 

Lindblom’s Christmas gift to his mother was cleaning up her yard on Thanksgiving. Now, gifts for him will stay wrapped under the tree, never to be opened. 

“I’m always going to love him and I’m going to miss him so much,” said Lindblom’s twin brother Shawn. 

“The guy that shot him, I will not hate him. I refuse to because I won’t let him take – I won’t let him take any more of my life,” Kim said. 

Lindblom was shot while cooking with another family, something his family says brought him joy. 

Kim says Lindblom had a dream around Thanksgiving. Lindblom told his sister he dreamed that he was going to die. Instead of living in fear, he accepted it.

“We’re never going to be able to make breakfast together. We’re not going to be able to nerd out about video games,” Shawn said. 

His family is remembering the little things that now mean the world to them. 

“He would hold your hand and it’s just like, there was a connection between us that no one could take away,” Kim said. “Nobody can break it.” 

Lindblom’s family says they are going to pull through for each other, though this Christmas will not be the same. 

“There’s nobody that I’m probably ever going to meet that’s going to be as important to me,” Shawn said. 

As for the family inside the home the man broke into, they’ve gained another family.

“I might have lost him, but I’m going to have new kids and grandkids because of this,” Kim said. “He’s with his daddy and he’s going to enjoy that time with him now.”

At last check, the man believed responsible is in the hospital. Police will not identify him until he has been charged or booked into the Spokane County Jail. 

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