A 49-year-old woman who Tacoma police say was killed in a domestic dispute on New Year’s Eve was a Mount Tahoma High School alumna who recently moved back to Tacoma to care for her sick mother, a family member said.
An 81-year-old man was booked into the Pierce County jail Friday on suspicion of second-degree murder after police found Tamara Fabre fatally injured at a home in Tacoma’s South End.
Tacoma police say a domestic dispute between the suspect and Fabre ended with Fabre sustaining the fatal injury.
Officers were called to a residence in the 7000 block of Fawcett Avenue at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Several people were present and told police that a woman inside the home needed medical assistance. Fabre was unresponsive when officers found her, and was pronounced dead a short while later, according to a press release.
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The suspect had gone to a neighboring home to call for help, according to police.
Police did not give further details, nor would the medical examiner’s office say how Fabre was injured. The News Tribune generally does not name criminal suspects until they are charged.
A family member said Tamara Fabre was a Tacoma native who had been living in Texas until April, when she moved back to Tacoma to care for her mother, who was sick with cancer. Theresa Fabre, one of Tamara’s three sisters, said that after their mother died in October, Tamara remained in Tacoma and was living with a relative.
“She gave up her life to come take care of my mom,” said Theresa Fabre, a former Tacoman who now lives in Alaska. “She was a 24/7 caregiver.”
Previously, Tamara Fabre had run a home improvement company in Texas, her sister said.
Theresa Fabre said she spoke on the phone with her sister for 45 minutes on Thursday, while Tamara was preparing food for a New Year’s Day meal. She said cooking was one of her sister’s favorite activities.
“When she cooked, she went way out and she made it a spread,” Theresa Fabre said. “It was beautiful how she prepared food and what she did.”
An autopsy will determine Fabre’s precise cause of death, officials said.