Family says the young man who died in Wednesday night’s shooting in Cal Anderson was trying to break up a fight when he was gunned down in the middle of the busy park.
A family member identified the victim for CHS as 21-year-old Hakeem Talley. The family is seeking donations to help defray funeral and burial costs. The victim also leaves behind a young child. UPDATE: The King County Medical identifies the victim as Hakeem Salahud-din. He had recently been released from jail after serving time for a sentence in a domestic violence case when he pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm. CHS has asked for clarification from the family regarding their identification of the victim.
“Trying to break up a fight was all he wanted to do. And because of that, he is no longer with us,” they write. “We are so devastated that we have to lay another young soul to rest. Another young man, gone way (too) soon. Hakeem was a father, a son, and a brother.”
Known as “WildBoii” to friends, the victim previously attended high school in Federal Way.
Witness accounts shared with CHS have not specified what the altercation near the park’s basketball court was about but detail a scene with multiple people involved and a physical altercation that ended with at least one person pistol whipped and the 21-year-old shot in the back of the head. A 911 caller reported hearing one gunshot fired in the incident and seeing a person down near the basketball court according to East Precinct radio dispatches.
Police were called to Nagle Place around 9:40 PM and found the victim down and not responsive. Seattle Fire says the man died at the scene.
Despite multiple witnesses, police have yet to announce any arrests in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call the SPD Homicide tip line at (206) 233-5000.
The Cal Anderson murder is the second fatal shooting on Capitol Hill this year. In January, 24-year-old Jafar Mack was gunned down in the Harvard Market parking lot above Pike and Broadway. That shooting also remains unsolved by police.
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