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Galde among victims of mall shooting

Belinda Galde, one of the victims of the Sept. 23 shooting, has worked at the Cascade District Court in Arlington since 1989


October 5, 2016 | View PDF

Among the five dead from the Sept. 23 Cascade Mall shooting in Burlington were two Arlington residents, Belinda Galde and her mother Beatrice Dotson.

The tragedy has left the nearby Skagit County community and Arlington with heavy hearts.

“I rise to offer my condolences to the community of Burlington which is undoubtedly struggling to make sense of this senseless gun violence that was brought to their doorstep,” said U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen during a congressional session on Sept. 26.

Larsen’s district stretches along the state’s coastline from Bellingham to Lynnwood.

A suspect is currently in police custody and was arrested about a day after the shooting.

“I rise to honor and thank the brave law enforcement officials whose quick investigation led to the capture of the suspected shooter in less than 24 hours,” said Larsen.

“In the days to come, I hope we will be united by allowing law enforcement to do their work, to do further investigation on this, and act together to reduce the violence in our communities. Our hearts are in Burlington tonight.” wrote Washington Gov. Jay Inslee in a statement.

Longtime Arlington resident Belinda Galde was one of the victims.

“Belinda Galde was a 64-year-old from my hometown of Arlington, who had served the public for more than two decades as a probation officer at the Snohomish County District Courts. Beatrice Dotson was Belinda’s mother and she was 95-years-old,” said Larsen. “Today, I rise to honor these five individuals and to express my condolences to their friends and families.”

Galde worked at the Cascade District Court that is located in Arlington.

“Snohomish County District Court is deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and co-worker, Belinda Galde. Belinda was a devoted and esteemed public servant for our court since 1989,” wrote district court officials in a statement.

The district court’s statement said that Galde took her job as probation officer to heart.

“As a probation officer, Belinda worked within the court to ensure public safety and dedicated her life to assisting those who stumbled along the way in life. She was an amazingly kind and caring individual who was much adored by her friends, her coworkers and the thousands of probationers who she helped find a better way to live,” district court officials wrote.

The other victims of the shooting were Sarai Lara, Chuck Eagan, and Shayla Martin.


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