- From Dwone Anderson-Young's website
- Dwone Anderson-Young
Anderson-Young had recently moved in with his mother, three doors down from where he was killed. There will be a vigil tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at the site of the shootings (29th Ave. and S. King Street).
UPDATE: At a press conference at the East Precinct earlier this afternoon, Mayor Ed Murray described the murders as a tragedy "that has affected all of Seattle, but in particular three communities"—the East African community, the African-American community, and the LGBT community.
Murray said he's spent time with the parents of both Dwone Anderson-Young and Ahmed Said since the murders. “They were not young men involved with crime," Murray said. "These were not young men who have any record. Dwone, the African-American young man, was a graduate of the University of Washington.” They mayor emphasized that the parents of the young men wanted this information known.
“Hopefully, very shortly, we will understand what happened," Murray said.
Assistant Police Chief Carmen Best said investigators are "aggressively" pursuing all leads. "We’re not taking anything off the table," Best said. "Nothing’s off the table." At the same time, she said, "We don’t know what the motive is.” Asked whether anything indicated this might have been a hate crime, Best replied: “We don’t know that it is, or is not. We haven’t ruled it out."
Best expanded on earlier reports that the young men had spent Sunday evening on Capitol Hill, saying she believed they'd been to the gay bar R Place and the nearby Hot Mama's Pizza. They were later found at the intersection of 29th Avenue South and South King Street, not far from where Anderson-Young lived. “How they got from there to where they were, we don’t have any information on that," Best said.
She repeated that the victims both lacked any criminal history, and said they appear to be “innocent victims of a very tragic event.”
Though she didn't give much detail, Best said authorities have recovered a car they believe was involved in the killings, and that they believe the vehicle was moved after Anderson-Young and Said were killed. “We know that the victims did not move the car," she said.