More than 100 friends, family and community members gathered Thursday night to remember two young men shot to death last weekend at 29th Ave S and S King and continue the call for justice as police investigate what lead to the awful violence.
The mother of 23-year-old Dwone Anderson-Young wept as Mayor Ed Murray spoke about the Central District shootings only hours after another incident of gun violence shook the city.
“This is an incredible tragedy. It’s an incredible loss,” the mayor said. “I am so moved tonight that so many people from Seattle are here tonight from so many different community members.”
“This whole city is mourning with you.”
“I believed in this neighborhood, I believed in this community,” Anderson-Young’s mother Falana Young-Wyatt said to the assembled crowd.
“I just want answers. I want to know why,” she said.
“I don’t know if this was a robbery. I don’t know if this was a hate crime because he was gay. But he was proud.”
Police continue to investigate why Anderson-Young and 27-year-old Ahmed Said were gunned down early Sunday morning after a night on Capitol Hill as they walked to the area near the home Anderson-Young shared with his mother.
Matalepuna Malu, a convicted, 26-year-old felon with connections to an Everett-area gang involved with the illegal prescription drug trade, turned himself into Seattle Police Sunday night after his image was spread by media across the region but has not yet been charged with the murders. Police are also looking for 30-year-old Ali Muhammed Brown as a suspect in the case where possible hate crime motives have not yet been ruled out.
The victims were gay and the two men had been seen the night of their death on Capitol Hill near R Place and Hot Mama’s.
Police urge anybody with information that might assist in the case to call (206) 233-5000.