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Friends and family of road rage shooting victim struggle to find closure

34-year-old David Knoepfle graduated from Gonzaga Prep and was an aspiring tattoo artist. He was killed in a road rage shooting on eastbound I-90 on July 15.
Credit: Kayla Hale

SPOKANE, Wash. — 34-year-old David Knoepfle was the victim of a road rage shooting on Friday, July 15.

Knoepfle had a lot of friends around Spokane. The 34-year-old graduated from Gonzaga Prep and was an aspiring tattoo artist.

His former girlfriend of seven years, Kayla Hale, says he also leaves behind a young daughter. The Spokane County Medical Examiner says Knoepfle died from a gunshot wound to the back. He was heading eastbound on I-90 near the Thor-Freya exit Friday night when police say he got involved in a road rage incident.

The other driver who fired the gun has still not been caught. Knopfle crashed through a fence near the Appleway exit. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

"We are all broken," Hale said. "His friends don't know how to handle it, I don't know how to handle it. His mom's barely handling it."

The Washington State Patrol is investigating this homicide. They interviewed several witnesses that night and believe the suspect is a Black man driving a white Chevy Malibu-type vehicle.

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