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Sounders fan stabbed to death following Friday's win
September 16th, 2013 12:33AM

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[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Troy Wolff, a 46-year-old Seattle Sounders fan, died after being stabbed in the neck and torso by an assailant as he went to defend his female partner, who was also attacked as they left Friday's Sounders game, a 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake that drew more than 55,000 fans at CenturyLink Field.

The 44-year-old assailant thrust himself on Kristin Ito and stabbed her repeatedly with a knife before stabbing Wolff, the chair of the English department at Shoreline Community College, as he went to help out Ito, who was in serious condition at a local hospital late Saturday afternoon.

The suspect dropped his knife and was arrested near the site of the attack, at Third Avenue South and South Jackson Street, near CenturyLink Field.

"There are indications that the suspect was operating at a diminished mental capacity," Seattle police spokesman Jeff Kappel told the Seattle Times.


13 comments
  1. Nwankwo Macoliver obdi
    commented on: September 16, 2013 at 7:33 a.m.
    Idon't think poeple suffering from any mental illness should be allowed to attend social gatherngs especially the gatherings that aggitates great emotions like football.

  1. Amos Annan
    commented on: September 16, 2013 at 10:36 a.m.
    raise taxes to take care of the mentally ill or pay less taxes and this happens.

  1. Amos Annan
    commented on: September 16, 2013 at 10:41 a.m.
    It wasn't really a "Sounders fan" stabbed, it was an innocent person walking down the street being attacked by a mentally ill person. Nothing to do with soccer.

  1. Andres Yturralde
    commented on: September 16, 2013 at 12:09 p.m.
    Sad. Just very sad.

  1. Matthew Priest
    commented on: September 16, 2013 at 12:19 p.m.
    I interpret diminished mental capacity to mean the suspect was drunk.

  1. Albert Harris
    commented on: September 16, 2013 at 12:39 p.m.
    I interpret it to mean he was schizophrenic. If he was drunk, the report would likely have said that he was under the influence.

  1. Margaret Manning
    commented on: September 16, 2013 at 12:41 p.m.
    No, more likely the person was flat-out crazy. Homeless schizophrenic who refuses meds? Very common in that area.

  1. Margaret Manning
    commented on: September 16, 2013 at 12:43 p.m.
    BTW, as stated above, this horrible tragedy has not much to do with Seattle soccer. 55,000 people and nary a scuffle. This couple were just walking back from the game to their car or public transit.

  1. Chris Sapien
    commented on: September 16, 2013 at 1:22 p.m.
    Seriously Amos!!? You need to stop living in the MSNBC cocoon......when was the last time you wrote an extra check to the government? Rediculous. Don't waste other's time here by responding.

  1. Jens Jensen
    commented on: September 16, 2013 at 2:01 p.m.
    The event required both bag checks and also metal detecting wand checks for everyone that attended the match - thus guaranteeing anyone going to or from the match was unarmed. I had to leave my legally concealed weapon in the car. This is not an area I would ever walk around at night without some sort of personal protection, and I am not Chuck Norris, so for me - that is a registered, legal weapon that I have been trained to use for self defense. This is a new policy for Sounders games - the Chicago match was the first I know of where security policy was changed to include the use of a wand and pat down as opposed to just a bag check. I understand the need for those attending the match to feel safe, but I also understand the need to feel safe outside the stadium in an area that is known for being a hot zone for individuals who are unstable and suffering from mental illness. I will be parking in the stadium parking structure in the future. My life is worth more than $40 (cost to park there).

  1. Margaret Manning
    commented on: September 16, 2013 at 2:17 p.m.
    Same here. And I think that everyone inside the stadium was just as safe last year and the year before, without these TSA-style wandings and prohibitions. Thanks for nothing, NFL.

  1. Andrea Hana
    commented on: September 16, 2013 at 4:27 p.m.
    I just wanted to add to the previous comments that this incident had nothing to do with soccer, the CLink, or the Sounders. Why is this being shown in Soccer America Daily? Unlike some countries, where soccer fans can get very violent, even acquiring the label "Hooligans", we have here very little violence associated with the MLS. In fact, much less than in the NFL or MLB. Granted, those institutions have been much more popular in this country for much longer, but, as far as fans go, I perceive the soccer fans to be generally more peaceful and educated than NFL, and perhaps MLB. Anyone else agree? Let me know if I'm wrong. I'd like to see some statistics.

  1. Chris St. Hilaire
    commented on: September 16, 2013 at 4:59 p.m.
    Amos, your comment was moronic. You likely want to raise taxes because you both pay none and have never seen how wastefully tax money is spent. Save your political commentary for the Huffington Post.


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