Man Found Dead in Southcenter Mall Parking Lot Identified as Nicholas Frank Hokema
A man’s life was tragically cut short when he was found dead in the Southcenter Mall parking lot in Tukwila on Monday. The victim has been identified as Nicholas Frank Hokema, a 34-year-old man from Tumwater, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The cause of Hokema’s death has been determined to be “multiple sharp force” injuries, as revealed by the medical examiner’s information. The Tukwila Police Department has launched an investigation into the incident, which is now being treated as a homicide.
Colleagues of Hokema, such as RediCab driver Jacob Stapp, are devastated by the loss. Stapp, who had known Hokema since 2016 when they both started working for the taxi company, described him as a “good-natured and kind-hearted guy.” Customers often praised Hokema for his great taste in music, which made a positive impact on their experiences.
The police have released some information regarding the case on social media. On Thursday, they posted on Facebook, requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a taxi that may be connected to the suspicious death. The vehicle in question is a 2012 red Toyota Camry four-door with RediCab markings. The taxi light on top of the vehicle may or may not be illuminated, and the hood and front bumper have slightly different shades of red. The RediCab company is cooperating fully with the Tukwila Police.
Authorities discovered Hokema’s body in the mall parking lot at around 4:15 a.m. on Monday. The death was immediately deemed suspicious, prompting the activation of the police department’s Major Crimes Unit. The investigation is still ongoing, and the police are urging anyone with information about the vehicle or the case to reach out to them via email at Tips@TukwilaWA.gov.
This tragic incident has shaken the community, leaving friends, family, and colleagues mourning the loss of a beloved individual. The Tukwila Police are determined to bring justice to Hokema and his loved ones, and they are counting on the public’s support to solve this case.