The Murder of Nicole Westbrook

On April 22, 2012, Nicole Westbrook was walking to her new apartment after a night out when she was shot. 

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Who Was Nicole Westbrook?

At the time of her murder, 21 year old Nicole had just moved to Seattle, Washington. A member of the Navajo Nation, she had grown up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She had moved with her boyfriend, Bryant Griffin, to Seattle to pursue her dream of becoming a pastry chef. 

Her family was no stranger to heartbreak. Her father, Sargent Marshall Westbrook was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2005. Just 4 years later, her uncle was killed in Afghanistan while serving in the military. 

Nicole Westbrook was murdered in a drive by shooting in Seattle, Washington in 2012 | Momma Loves True Crime

A Night Out

On the night of April 22, the couple decided to go out to celebrate Bryant's first check after their move. They ended the night by going to a comedy club. Around 2am, they walked to their apartment at the Quintessa.

Despite "Private Property" and "No Loitering" signs all around the front of the building, there was a group of around 20 people hanging out near the entryway. As the couple approached the building, a light colored (possibly white) sedan drove by. The car slowed down and shots rang out. 

Bryant ducked and when he stood back up, he saw Nicole on the ground. When he turned her over, he saw the blood. She had been shot in the neck severing her spine. Officers patrolling the area were at her side within 30 seconds. 

Nicole was taken to Harborview Medical Center. Her family flew in from Albuquerque to be with her. She never regained consciousness and passed r days after the shooting. 

Nicole Westbrook was murdered in a drive by shooting in Seattle, Washington in 2012 | Momma Loves True Crime

Wrong Place, Wrong Time

Police believe that Nicole was a victim of random gun violence. They do not feel that she was the target. Authorities feel that someone in the group of people standing outside her apartment.vuilding may know something. In fact, there is surveillance footage of a man running away from the area after the shooting and police would like to speak with him. The majority of the crowd scattered with the exception of one man that stayed with Bryant and Nicole. 

2012 was one of worst years in recent years for random shootings. 

Nicole Westbrook was murdered in a drive by shooting in Seattle, Washington in 2012 | Momma Loves True Crime


If you have any information regarding the murder of Nicole Westbrook, please call the Seattle Police Department at 206-233-5000.



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