FOLLOWUP: Man killed in SeaTac Motel robbery leaves behind wife & 3 kids

Brent Arancio, 40, was shot and killed during a robbery June 15 at America’s BestValue Inn in SeaTac (read our previous coverage here).

While the crime and apprehension of the suspect have been widely covered in the news, little has been shared about the victim.

Here’s more info on Brent – including how you can help his family – we received from Brandie Nabors:

Brent Arancio was a loving and devoted husband, father, friend and veteran of the United States Army and National Guard. He spent his whole life serving others – survived multiple deployments to war zones – only to have his life taken by a career criminal during a robbery. He leaves behind a wife and three kids who are in desperate need of help to recover from this tragedy.

Born in South Korea as Bon Chu Choi, Brent moved to the U.S. and became a U.S. Citizen at the age of five years old. Brent loved this country and served in the U.S. Army from 2000-2015.

Honorably discharged from the Army in 2015, Brent continued serving in the National Guard until last year. Despite recent financial hardships – including impending foreclosure and their only working vehicle breaking down beyond repair – Brent never gave up on his faith and never stopped trying his best to provide for his family. He took three city busses to reach the SeaTac motel where he lost his life. At the time of his death, Brent had already started the process of re-enlisting, with plans to re-enlist with the National Guard in August. He aspired to be a chaplain and to work in law enforcement. His life has always been about service, even volunteering to work the wildfires in Washington State.

Brent and his wife, married in August 2006, have two young sons and a daughter. There is no life insurance, and due to the timing between discharge and his death, there are few military benefits. With his wife’s permission, a gofundme account has been established for those who feel led to contribute:

Brent was the sole provider for his family. All donations will go directly to his wife and will be used for his final expenses and to sustain the family in the months to come. Brent’s wife asks for prayers, especially for their youngest children, ages 5 and 10.

Inquiries from those interested in helping this family should be sent to Brandie Nabors at [email protected].


2 Responses to “FOLLOWUP: Man killed in SeaTac Motel robbery leaves behind wife & 3 kids”
  1. t says:

    he will be arraigned next week!!!