Jim Faber Sr. was one of five people evacuated from his Sequim residence along with his two 12-year-old granddaughters last Thursday morning during a tragic shooting that took his daughter and son’s lives.
Clallam County Sheriff’s Office detectives report Samantha “Sam” Faber, 34, and James “Jimmy” Faber Jr., 32, were victims of gunfire from Jacob M. Hunter, 25, who wanted a romantic relationship with Samantha.
With Jim Faber by her side, family-friend Stacy Mills said in a phone interview that they “were just a big-hearted family.”
“Jim’s takeaway is that both his kids had really big hearts,” Mills said.
Jim Sr., Jimmy Jr., his 12-year-old daughter, Sam, and her 12-year-old daughter lived in the home together off Old Olympic Highway.
Sam, a 2004 Ingraham High School graduate, inherited the home from her great-uncle about six weeks ago following his passing, Mills said.
She moved to Sequim about eight years ago, and Jimmy about five years ago.
“Sam was very family-oriented and she was her great-uncle’s caretaker up to his passing,” Mills said. “She made sure the girls had everything and she and Jimmy worked together.”
Sam also loved playing in co-ed softball leagues, Mills said.
For about two years, Jimmy worked at Sequim Walmart with his most recent position as night support manager, family said.
He loved building cars and computers, and Jimmy and his dad were quite knowledgeable about vehicles and willing to help out friends with fixing them, Mills said.
Jimmy was also working on his GED.
Jim said his children were good with their children, and they always made jokes and were loving.
The family spent most of their time in the Kingston community, Mills said.
In an effort to help with funeral, housing and other expenses, Mills started a Gofundme campaign goal for $10,000 to help the family of Sam and Jimmy at www.gofundme.com/faber-family-expenses.
In her write-up, Mills writes that “anyone who knows the Faber family knows that they are very close knit and caring; always looking out for each other and helping anyone they can, however they can.”
Family members continue to assess the best way to hold funeral services in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mills said most of the siblings’ relatives live in Alaska, so there might be separate services in the Seattle area to accommodate more people.
Mills said that Jim’s granddaughters are staying with other family members, but he’s been displaced. He and others had to run outside without shoes on, so they’ve had to buy some random items as they are awaiting the home to be cleared by law enforcement.
Online, she wrote, “The best way I know how to help in this time of grief is to pull together to help Barb (the siblings’ mother) and Jim give their kids the services they deserve as well as with other expenses the family is facing with home repairs and costs due to displacement.”
As of Tuesday morning, the Gofundme has reached more than $8,000 of its $10,000 goal.