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U.S. Marshals announce arrest in CHOP murder case

Marcel Long

The murder suspect in the shooting death of a 19-year-old on the edge of the Capitol Hill protest zone last June was arrested Monday after a year-long search.

A U.S. Marshals led task force reported the apprehension of Marcel Long, now 19, earlier Monday in Des Moines, the Washington city only 20 minutes south of where prosecutors say Long gunned down Lorenzo Anderson over a beef between the teens.

Long was charged with murder in the killing in August of 2020 but remained on the lam as Seattle Police investigated the case.

According to court documents, Long was identified in the days following the murder but was believed to have left the state and the whereabouts of the Renton resident remained unknown. He is was wanted on a $2 million warrant.

It’s not clear how Long was tracked to Des Moines. The U.S. Marshals said only that the task force “developed information that Long was staying at an apartment complex” in Des Moines and identified him walking down a street there Monday. Long was arrested after a “brief foot chase,” the announcement from the federal law enforcement agency said.

Long was identified and charged, prosecutors say, thanks to video of the shooting and information provided by several eyewitnesses after police said they were unable to collect evidence at the scene of the crime due to the presence of the CHOP protesters.

KUOW reported here on the miscommunication and mistakes that delayed Seattle Police and Seattle Fire the night of the deadly shooting.

Anderson was remembered as a student at Renton High with hopes of a hip hop career.

His family has sued the city over Anderson’s death.

There have been no arrests in the June 29th, 2020 deadly shooting that killed 16-year-old Antonio Mays, Jr. and sent a second teen to the hospital in reported critical condition. “We know their investigation continues into the second fatal CHOP shooting on June 29, which killed a 16-year-old boy and injured a 14-year-old boy,” a statement from the King County Prosecutor’s office said at the time.

 

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RWZ
RWZ
11 months ago

Here’s the link to the reactions at the time, complete with quotes speculating it was a right wing murder:
https://www.capitolhillseattle.com/2020/06/one-reported-dead-one-wounded-in-overnight-capitol-hill-protest-zone-shooting/

Including this choice rambling quote about the murder worth comparing to reality:

Our movement should also demand and insist that the Seattle Police fully investigate this attack and be held accountable to bring the killer(s) to justice. Because of the repressive role of the police under capitalism, and often with developed links to reactionary groups, police have historically frequently failed to prosecute violence by the right – even going as far as to shield the perpetrators. For decades in the South, law enforcement across the country did not lift a finger to stop the KKK’s lynch mobs, and often participated in them. It is being reported that police resources nationwide have been used to spy on, repress, and infiltrate the #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd protest movement, and to surveil protest occupations like the CHOP. But on the other side, how much time has been spent investigating the right wing, with their threats and acts of real violence? Just in recent days, neo-Nazis have been making public statements calling for the killing of protesters. Yesterday, on Juneteenth, the day of celebration of defeating the confederacy and ending the institution of slavery, many far-right and reactionary figures have made calls to start a new Civil War. We must demand accountability and justice, and if the police fail to thoroughly investigate and bring the killer(s) to justice, we may need to launch an independent community investigation

Edward
Edward
11 months ago
Reply to  RWZ

That’s a great receipt. And though she doesn’t explicitly say it was definitely a right wing attack (just “there are indications”), I know several people that read this statement, and then posted on their social media that it was a right wing attack as if it were truth.

It thought it was a great example of how easy it is for a demagogue to seed ideas in the minds of their followers.

d.c.
d.c.
11 months ago
Reply to  RWZ

Seems like a pretty cogent statement to me. Perhaps you’ve forgotten the daily armed conflicts between right-wing activists and protestors? The armed Proud Boy groups, like the one that jumped a guy a block or two from the CHOP? Speculation that it was neo-Nazi retaliation was hardly far-fetched, shots were being exchanged across the country.

And I think it’s been established beyond a reasonable doubt that the police have been institutional partners to racial violence and hyperpartisan groups like militias. Remember the cop who posted “black lives splatter” after Summer Taylor was run down? Didn’t we just fire a couple officers for storming the capitol on 1/6? Have you heard about the cop gangs in LA? The private Facebook groups for racist jokes and organizing for Trump?

I’m glad the police tracked down the alleged killer. That’s a good example of what the role of police should be. It’s not constructive or even relevant to bring in speculation from a year ago during a scary and complex time of enormous upheaval.

Edward
Edward
11 months ago
Reply to  d.c.

It was pretty far fetched, given there was video of a large fight just before the shooting, with no Trumpers visible.
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The rightwingers tended to come in during the day (loud and “proud”, draped in American flags, eager to draw attention and try to become “victims”). Not at midnight, when CHOP was alcohol and guns.

j.j.
j.j.
11 months ago
Reply to  d.c.

I disagree with this take. Rather than speculating that this was a right-wing attack, which was simply not true, leaders like Sawant should have been pointing out that CHOP was a dangerous and out-of-control situation that led to the death of a black young man. A few weeks later, another black boy was killed. She should have taken a stand before another person died.

CHOP was a dangerous disaster and many people chose to close their eyes and focus on other problems they feel were more important, just like your justifications here, arguing that Proud Boys and the police were the real danger. Well, two black kids who died blocks from where I live might have something to say about that.

So, it wasn’t cogent to foment fear of boogeymen when the problem was right in front of Sawant from the beginning. She did not show the right leadership. Instead, she coopted a movement for black lives into a movement against capitalism, for her own political goals, and she speculated, and she stoked a grievance narrative that was not true.

Tom
Tom
11 months ago
Reply to  j.j.

If you think CHOP was dangerous and out of control and use the deaths to criticize it, you should also believe gun ownership in this country is out of control.

CKc
CKc
11 months ago
Reply to  d.c.

Right, so because you think it could have been true might as well rally everyone behind it. That’s how facts work after all.

Moving Soon
Moving Soon
11 months ago
Reply to  RWZ

That’s wild. Typically every problem is solved with complete accuracy in the comment section.