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Fatal shooting victim remembered fondly by friends and Tribe

Fatal shooting victim, 21-year-old Timothy Wolfe.  Photo from MySpace Fatal shooting victim, 21-year-old Timothy Wolfe. Photo from MySpace
Juan Carlos Aldana Villanueva, charged with First Degree Murder Juan Carlos Aldana Villanueva, charged with First Degree Murder

COEUR d'ALENE, Idaho - Friends and members of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe are remembering the 21-year-old victim of Saturday's fatal shooting fondly, describing him as a caring young man who was devoted to his family and love his infant daughter.  Tim Wolfe was fatally shot in the head as he left a Coeur d'Alene bar early Saturday morning.

Childhood friend Robert Gum had this to say about Wolfe.  "All I can say about Tim is I grew up with the guy since we was children we were inseparable up until high school. Tim was full of life always tried making a room full of people smile, he wouldn't hurt anybody ever, and he was a joker a great friend a true friend. We used to play basketball tourneys together, and he was just way to talented to go so soon."

Gum went on to talk about seeing Wolfe just before the shooting. "I just saw him hours before he was shot I hadn't seen him in months cause he goes to school in Montana and played college ball up there seriously his family took it so hard and we his friends did too, but I took it really bad cause we had so many memories and it just sucks."

Coeur d'Alene Tribe Chairman Chief Allan issued the following statement Sunday regarding the tragic death of Wolfe. "He was deeply loved by all, and will be greatly missed. Tim had a really bright future, and the Tribe is grieving over his death. The Tribe is saddened by this senseless tragedy." 

21-year-old Wolfe was from Worley Idaho.  Police say Wolfe was attending college at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo Montana and had returned home on Friday.  His family still lives in the from the Worley area.

Witnesses stated Wolfe and his friends were at the local bar Mik-n-Mak's, and the victim had a verbal altercation with the male suspect. The suspect was asked to leave the bar by the management.

A few hours later at closing time Wolfe and his friends were walking in the area of 3rd and Indiana. The suspect pulled up to them in his vehicle and fired one shot from a handgun striking Wolfe in the head. The suspect immediately fled the area. Wolfe was transported to KMC and was later pronounced clinically dead.

At 11:20 Saturday morning the Post Falls S.W.A.T. team assisted Coeur d'Alene Police with the apprehension of 22-year-old Juan C. Aldana Villanueva of Post Falls.  Police arrested Vilanueva at his place of employment, Rancho Viejo, a Mexican restaurant located at 2526 E. Seltice Way in Post Falls.  Police say the S.W.A.T. team assisted due to the possibility that the suspect was armed and dangerous. 

Villanueva was arrested for first degree murder and taken into custody.

Police say this is the first homicide to take place in Coeur d'Alene in two years.

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