Loved ones mourning Colleen Straw will remember her beautiful smile, sparkly eyes and endearing personality.
The Los Altos native, 34, died Saturday at her San Mateo residence after calling police to report that she had been stabbed. Police have apprehended the suspect, ex-boyfriend Anthony Kirincic, 22.
“While our hearts are broken with the loss of our precious daughter, we could not be more proud of how she lived her life and how she treated everyone she met with kindness and respect,” her parents, Dr. William and Ann Straw of Los Altos, wrote in an email to the Town Crier.
Police and paramedics found Straw in the afternoon Saturday, critically injured from stab wounds. They worked to treat her, but she succumbed to injuries at her home, according to San Mateo Police. Police report the suspect fled the scene prior to their arrival. After a two-day search involving various agencies, the tactical team detained and arrested Kirincic Monday night on a $5 million arrest warrant for homicide.
In a statement, police called the occurrence “another tragic example of the level to which domestic violence can escalate.”
Artistic friend to all
Straw, a graphic designer, was born May 5, 1981.
“Maybe being born on Cinco de Mayo was a sign that her life would be a celebration,” wrote her parents.
A vibrant and friendly child, Straw attended St. Simon Parish School in Los Altos, St. Francis High School in Mountain View and Foothill Community College’s Middle College, an alternative high school program.
In her younger years, Straw excelled in academics and leadership, family said.
“Teachers frequently used her work as an example of how the project should be done,” wrote her parents. “Her illustrations for such projects were always works of art in themselves.”
An elementary school teacher described Straw as “not only bright and creative, but also a friend to everyone in the class,” said her parents. “And that’s how she would go on to live her life.”
In high school, Straw transitioned from art to athletics, competing in basketball and gymnastics before choosing to transfer to Foothill Middle College, where she made numerous friends that lasted her life.
During college at San Francisco State University, Straw gravitated toward graphic design and went on to work with greeting card companies Minted and American Greetings Corp.
“Colleen remained focused on improving her life,” her parents wrote. “She was so proud of her most recent job with American Greetings Corp. and gaining financial independence.”
In addition to her parents, Straw is survived by siblings Kate Straw Loweth (Christopher) of Campbell, Bill Straw (Judy) of Hercules and Erin Straw of Mountain View; and nieces and nephews Nora, Patrick and Joseph Loweth, and Sofia and Gabriella Straw. She is also survived by a large Irish family of aunts, uncles and cousins.