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Professor dies protecting friend

A Shoreline Community College professor, Troy Wolff, 46, died yesterday of stab wounds after trying to protect his partner from a knife-wielding stranger. Kristin Ito, 30, was attacked in Pioneer Square in Seattle. She is in critical condition. Police have arrested a man.

Troy Wolff, in a portrait photographed by Shoreline Community College alum Daniel Berman. Photo provided by Shoreline Community College.
Troy Wolff, in a portrait by Shoreline alum Daniel Berman.

“This is an unbelievably tragic loss,” Interim President Daryl Campbell said, in a statement. “Troy was loved by students, loved by his fellow faculty members, loved by all who knew him.”

Wolff chaired the English department at the college, where he’d taught since 1996.