Naches native & former Kansas goalie killed + husband charged, per police

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A former University of Kansas soccer goalie from Naches, WA has been killed and her husband has been charged with first-degree murder in her death, police said.

Officers found Regan Noelle Gibbs, 25, fatally wounded Monday night in her apartment in Lawrence, Kansas. Police said her husband, 26-year-old Chad Joseph Marek, called 911, and he was arrested at the scene.


KAPP-KVEW NOTE: Gibbs, who was born in Wenatchee, spent much of her young life in Naches. She spent three years at Naches Valley High School before graduating from West Valley High School. She was named to the all-state first team as a high school junior in 2013 with a spectacular .933 save percentage.

From 2009 to 2011, she was the No. 1 ranked goalkeeper for Washington state’s Olympic Development Program soccer team. Gibbs was the eldest of four sisters.

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Police said Gibbs’ killing was likely a result of domestic violence but declined to say Wednesday how she was killed.

Gibbs was a goalkeeper for the Jayhawks’ soccer program from 2015 through 2018. She was a native of Naches, Washington, and a member of two NCAA Tournament teams during her career at Kansas, according to the university’s athletics department website.

Marek appeared in Douglas County District Court for a bond hearing Tuesday, according to the Kansas City Star. He remains jailed on $1 million bond.


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