(KOMONEWS) — GRANITE FALLS, Wash. -- An 18-year-old high school student in Granite Falls was killed when he was punched by a fellow student at his own behest to settle an argument at a late-night party, investigators said.
It all began at a party at a cabin near Snohomish that began Saturday night and went into Sunday morning where people had been drinking and smoking marijuana, according to court documents.
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Just after midnight, the victim backed his Honda into another car that was parked at the cabin. The suspect, 18-year-old Michael Galen, was sitting in the passenger seat of the car that was hit. The car suffered minor damage and the victim drove off in his Honda, but returned several minutes later.
Galen then confronted the victim, who was a fellow student at Crossroads High School and had known him for several years, police say.
Galen became upset when the victim denied he had struck the car Galen was sitting in. The two got into an argument with some pushing but then agreed to resolve their difference by the victim allowing Galen to punch him once in the face, according to investigators.