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Mom, police seek answers to Speakman murder

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A mother is heartbroken and left with many questions after her mentally disabled son was shot and killed in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood around 6:15 a.m. on Nov. 3. Kim Nystrom said her son, 26-year-old Steven Speakman, had the mind of a 10-year-old. "I just want to know who would do this to Steven,” said Nystrom. “I just want to find out who did this." He was found in a doorway on the sidewalk near Martin Luther King Jr. Way and South 11th Street. "Everybody around, everybody you talk to, they know Steven. He’s just a friendly kid,” said Nystrom.

Tacoma Police also want answers. "He may have been there because you can get Wi-Fi at that location," said Tacoma Police Officer Loretta Cool. "He couldn't get it at his apartment, but we don’t know that for sure."

Detectives say Steven was well known by the businesspeople in the area and everybody liked him. Cool adds, "Normally with a shooting, a homicide, there’s some sort of exchange or something that leads up to it. We’re not hearing from anyone that there was any significant argument or fight with anyone in his life. We’re looking for anyone who maybe was in the area, who saw something, didn’t think it was important at the time, but now realizes that that’s what they were seeing,” she said.

If you have any information that can help Tacoma Police detectives put the pieces together of what happened that morning or saw Steven with anyone the night before he was killed, call an anonymous tip into: CRIME STOPPERS: 1 (800) 222-TIPS (8477) There is $1,000 cash reward for the tip that leads to an arrest in the case.

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