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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