‘Makayla was a bright light in everyone’s life’: Family remembers young woman murdered in N. Spokane

Makayla Young

SPOKANE, Wash. — The family of Makayla Young said she always had a smile on her face. She was a bright light and her life was taken too soon.

The 24-year-old woman was brutally murdered at the Rodeway Inn in North Spokane last Thursday and several questions still linger.

“Her life was taken from us and we are here left thinking, ‘Why?’ Why, how could this be?” her family said in a statement. “Our hearts are shattered. Life will never be the same without her.”

Despite that horrendous situation that took her life, Young’s family chooses to remember her by the memories they shared, like dancing to ‘Lovely Day’ by Bill Withers and her “personal dancing log” at their lake cabin.

“She was our laughter and our happiness. Her love and light cannot be explained in words. She loved her mom and dad immensely [sic] and her sister and her had an unbreakable and unspeakable bond. Her brothers were her protectors and are left in shambles at the fact we couldn’t save her.”

Two men are facing murder charges in connection to Young’s death. They are both being held on more than $1 million bond.