Stabbing victim remembered by family, friends
August 23, 2005
Timothy George Brooks of Truckee pleaded innocent Tuesday afternoon in the stabbing death of Robert Lawrence Ash last Wednesday in Tahoe City.Ash, 48, was pronounced dead last Wednesday night by doctors in Reno.Brooks, 25, is being charged with murder for allegedly stabbing Ash in the abdomen with a five-inch blade in front of Syd’s Bagelry in Tahoe City last Wednesday morning. He was arraigned Tuesday in Auburn, and a Sept. 1 status conference was set.Ash was driving on Highway 89, north of Squaw Valley Road, when sheriff’s investigators say he cut off Brooks. The incident angered Brooks to the point that he searched for Ash for 30 minutes until he found Ash sitting in front of Syd’s Bagelry in Tahoe City, according to Ingalls. Once Brooks found Ash, the two got into a verbal argument, which turned into a physical fight and ended when Ash was stabbed, according to investigators.
A witness called 911, and Ash was taken by ambulance to Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee for emergency surgery and then transported to Washoe Medical Center in Reno, where he died. Brooks was arrested without incident at the scene, according to sheriff’s officers.On Tuesday morning, Ash’s family and friends gathered at Heritage Park, the site where Ash was stabbed, for a memorial service to celebrate the life of the Newcastle, Calif., man. He also had a home in Tahoe Donner in Truckee, which he shared with his wife, Mimi, and their 14-year-old son, Bobby. Ash, a developer, was building a 34-unit town home project on Palisades Drive in Truckee, his wife said. Mimi Ash described her husband of 22 years as a fun-loving and talented man who enjoyed skiing, cooking, the arts and music.”Bob loved everything that had to do with life,” she said. “Bob loved people and people loved Bob.”
He was also close to his son.”They were best buddies,” Mimi Ash said. “He was his ski coach, his mentor. They did everything together.”Ash was born in Concord, Calif., in 1957, and moved to Incline Village in 1968, where he graduated from Incline High School in 1976. He attended University of Nevada, Reno. He has lived in Carmel, the Bay Area and Sacramento.”He loved the wilderness. He was a family man,” said his friends of 30 years, Mike Shimmon and Lance Hazelrigg. “He was very athletic and loved his kid more than anything, except for his wife.”
His friends, who met Ash through skiing, said he was gravitating toward the ideals of Buddhism and had a huge heart.”He is going to be missed dearly,” Hazelrigg said. “We moved here 30 years ago to get away from this (violence) and the first time it has happened in Tahoe City was to our best friend.”Four murders have occurred on the North Shore in the last 18 years that have been handled by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office Tahoe City sub-station, according to that office. Last Wednesday’s killing is the fifth. Sgt. Dan Ingalls said he has been with the Tahoe City sub-station for 11 years, and this is the first such case in that time.- Sierra Sun assistant editor Renée Shadforth contributed to this story.