Lower Elwha Tribal Community, Washington
Christopher Paul Hawk, 21, was arrested in the reservation stabbing death of Cordell Singleton, 18. Singleton was declared dead early March 17 at Olympic Memorial Hospital after he was stabbed during a weekend party on the reservation. Hawk was arrested shortly afterward and first taken to Clallam County Jail, then transferred to Tacoma. FBI Special Agent Mike Sanders would not discuss a motive or details but said a prosecutor from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Seattle is expected to file charges. It may be the reservation's first slaying since intertribal raids in the latter part of the 1800s, said tribal police in the quiet village at the mouth of the Elwha River. "It's a tragedy. We rarely even have fist fights, let alone a stabbing,'' tribal Chairman Russ Hepfer said. Neighbors said they'd heard a small party was planned Friday at the home where the stabbing occurred. Hawk, whose family lives in California and Oklahoma, was dating a Lower Elwha tribal member, Hepfer and neighbors said. Neither he nor Singleton was believed to be a member of the tribe. "Everybody here is taking it real hard,'' said the slain man's father, Wayne Singleton. "It's just devastating.'' Hospital birth records show Cordell and Meridi Singleton had a daughter on July 29.