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Friends share memories of Heather Alaina Carroll
POULSBO — Heather Alaina Beckwith Carroll’s circle of family and friends was a wide one. That circle is using social media to console each other and share memories of the 25-year-old mother, believed to have been murdered by a friend.
Carroll, who lived in Suquamish from 1993-2004 and attended North Kitsap High School, was reported missing Oct. 10 when she failed to pick her son Riley up from school in Hollister, Calif., where she and her husband, Grady, and son had lived since 2011. Her car was found the next day in a field, destroyed by fire.
A man sought for questioning, David Jose Quiroz of Hollister, surrendered after a 10-hour standoff with police; he is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on a murder charge. The body of a woman found Saturday in his house had not been officially identified Tuesday morning; the San Benito County Coroner was expected to make identification and cause of death official Tuesday 1 p.m. But on Monday, Carroll’s family had issued an obituary and scheduled a memorial service Thursday, 2 p.m., at Bayside Church in Kingston.
Here are some comments posted on the Herald’s Facebook page or reported in Herald online stories as of Tuesday morning.
— Ray Tate, South Kitsap: “Heather will always be the greatest person that I will ever know. She was a very caring and loving person.”
— Amber Roswell, Clover Park Technical College, Lakewood: “My younger brother has been very close friends with Heather’s younger brother for the last 15 years. My siblings and I spent many weekends with the Beckwiths as they grew to be close family friends. To describe Heather as a girly girl is dead on. I remember how she loved to sing and was often in musicals at her church. We loved her and will miss her.
— Helen Ross, Seattle: “How tragic when a young life is cut short so brutally. I don't know them but [offer] my prayers for their family and friends. It’s a sad world indeed.”
— Emily Hearn Maier, Tacoma: “She was the most fun person to be around … We’re all going to miss her. She was an amazing woman.”
Brian Whelan, Bayside Church: “She was a great kid, a fun kid to be around … This has all come out of left field.”
— The Beckwith family, in Carroll’s obituary: “She was an exceptional mother not only to her son, but regularly cared for other children in her home … Heather was a very loving person. Many of her friends described her as ‘an angel.’ She gave freely of her time and resources to others.”
Carroll is survived by her son, Riley Adam Carroll, and her husband, Grady Carroll of Hollister; her father and mother, Mark and Mardi Beckwith of Prosser, Wash.; her sister, April Souza of Wasilla, Alaska; brother, Matthew Beckwith of Long Island, N.Y.; her grandfathers, Harold Reeves of Silverdale and John C. Ogle of Danville, Wash.; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and adoring friends.