KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A woman who grew up in Kailua is the victim of a heinous murder in Washington.
Tracy Forsstrom Fergerstrom was raised in Kailua. She went to Kalaheo High until 1986 and moved to Spokane a few months ago to be near her parents. She wrote on Facebook how much she missed Hawaii. Now friends can't believe she won't be back.
"I'm going to miss her. I'm going to miss her a lot," said Sherrie Donoghue.
Donoghue says Tracy Fergerstrom was her best friend for many years. They worked together, lived together and played together. But sadly will no longer be together.
"It's hard to think about how she died and what she went through," said Donoghue.
Tracy was killed Tuesday. She was at the home of Jeremy Arnold, 37, when he allegedly stabbed her multiple times, wrapped her in a quilt and left. Hours later he came back driving her truck through a police barricade. He got out with a gun and was shot to death by police.
It's unknown what sparked the original incident that let to Tracy's death and left her family heartbroken.
"I still have a hard time believing it. I know she's gone. I see it on TV, but there is a part of me that refuses to acknowledge she is gone," said Marie Forsstrom, Tracy's mom.
"It's still not real to any of us. We think about what's happened and we break down but it's still not real. I still think she is going to call and say I'm going to come over," said Leanne Delaunay, Tracy's sister.
Tracy was 46 years old. She had three kids and three grandkids.
"It's really hard to believe she's gone and it's really hard to comprehend it," said Donoghue.
Friendships are supposed to last forever. Donoghue thought for sure that meant longer than this.
We also spoke with Tracy's husband Wayne Fergerstrom and their youngest daughter who is 13. They plan to bring Tracy's remains back to Hawaii and release her ashes in the ocean.