The man found dead Sunday morning in the empty lot at Federal and Republican has been identified as 37-year-old Zachary Lewis, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s office which released the information after working to notify the man’s family. Lewis was found beaten to death on the site of the future FedRep park by a passerby early Sunday.
According to people who have spoken with investigators working on the case, Lewis was known to police due to past run-ins with the law. According to one person who asked to remain anonymous, the man was a resident at an Eastlake facility for chronic alcohol addiction. We have not yet confirmed this with DESC, the agency that runs the 1811 Eastlake supportive housing facility.