CLARIFICATION: Because of incomplete information available to the Union-Bulletin by press time Tuesday, details of Angela D. Effinger’s employment history were incomplete in a story in that day’s edition. Effinger, a former employee of Eagle Springs Memory Care, had not worked there for nearly four years, according to a company spokesman. We regret the error.
WALLA WALLA -- A city woman is being held today for investigation of first-degree murder, according to police.
Shortly after 1 a.m., Walla Walla police officers were dispatched to the Blue Mountain Mall parking lot to find a woman who had been stabbed during a fight, said Officer Tim Bennett, police spokesman.
Audrey A. Brewer, 18, of Walla Walla, died a short time later at Providence St. Mary Medical Center from a single stab wound that pierced a major artery in the torso, police reported.
Four witnesses at the scene, who apparently were aware of a planned confrontation, identified the suspect as Angela D. Effinger, 29, of 320 N. Seventh Ave., giving responding officers location information, Bennett said.
The mother of four was contacted by police at her apartment a few minutes after Brewer was found stabbed and taken into custody. During an interview with detectives, Effinger admitted she was involved in a fight with Brewer.
Effinger has been lodged at the Walla Walla County Jail and had not appeared in court as of this morning. Her children are being cared for by family, Bennett said.
Officials said today they believe the confrontation centered around Effinger's boyfriend, Andrae T. Jackson, 24, whom she has two children with. Jackson, who lives in Walla Walla and was at the murder scene, had began a relationship with Brewer, police said.
While neither woman has a known adult criminal record, both "have been contacted by police, but nothing drastic," he added.
According to Effinger's Facebook profile, she has worked as a caregiver at Eagle Springs Memory Care and is enrolled as a pre-nursing student.
Officials did not have record of a permanent address for Brewer this morning, but confirmed she graduated from Walla Walla High School this spring. Brewer's online profile lists her as a former YMCA employee.
Detectives are continuing to investigate, Bennett said. A search warrant was served this morning on Effinger's apartment.
Sheila Hagar can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 526-8322.