West Seattle Crime Watch update: Suspect jailed in double shooting that killed 1 man

(UPDATED 11 AM with confirmation of arrest)

(WSB photo by Patrick Sand)

ORIGINAL REPORT, 5:19 AM: Two people were shot in West Seattle early this morning; one did not survive. It happened before 2 am in the 6900 block of 23rd SW (map). Multiple 911 callers reported hearing gunfire; police say officers found the victims lying in the street. One was dead at the scene; the other was taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. No arrests reported so far; homicide detectives ask that anyone with information call 206-233-5000.

This is the first deadly shooting in West Seattle since December 31st, 2013, when 40-year-old Stephen Jeffries, Jr., was killed in the 9200 block of 16th SW, a murder that remains unsolved.

5:46 AM UPDATE: Detectives are still at the scene (photo above), where we just spoke with Homicide Unit Capt. Steve Paulsen. He tells WSB the victims are both men in their 20s, and that investigators believe an “altercation” preceded the gunfire. They’re still looking for others who might have been involved.

11 AM: More than two hours after a SWAT operation at 26th and Holden – less than a mile from the shooting scene – that resulted in one man being detained, police are confirming that a suspect in the shooting is in custody. We’re still working to confirm details.

1:44 PM: As we noted in the comment discussion, we’ve since found via other court documents that the 25-year-old man in jail right now for investigation of homicide lives or has lived at the 26th/Holden house where police converged this morning. He does not have a felony record; he was charged in connection with a nearby street robbery in 2009 but the case was dismissed. We might not find out much more before Monday but we’re still looking.

ADDED LATE SATURDAY NIGHT: We have learned a little about the man who was killed. We don’t know whether next of kin have all been notified, so we aren’t identifying him at this point, but he was 24, had a culinary career – working at a downtown restaurant – and was an alum of West Seattle High School. We are also told the man who survived is 34, not in his 20s as police had told us, but we don’t yet know anything more about him.

77 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch update: Suspect jailed in double shooting that killed 1 man"

  • John October 24, 2015 (6:51 am)

    Evidence of the scum roaming our streets. Arm yourselves readers. The police will not protect you.

  • Rick October 24, 2015 (7:13 am)

    It appears their marksmanship is improving.

    • WSB October 24, 2015 (7:22 am)

      Most of the time when people think they hear gunshots, it’s fireworks. This time, unfortunately, it wasn’t. One report on Twitter: “5 gunshots (long pause) then 4 more. Nine total ‘VERY HIGH POWER’.”

  • mary October 24, 2015 (7:46 am)

    I made sure my doors and windows were locked and blocked and went back to bed. The police seem to have handled it fine. Somehow, I didn’t feel that having a gun would have made me feel safer.

  • JeffK October 24, 2015 (7:51 am)

    Around 3 blocks from the WS precinct.

  • WSlady October 24, 2015 (7:56 am)

    John and Rick….wow. Just…wow.

  • WSLady October 24, 2015 (8:03 am)

    Evidence of the scum trolling our blog.

  • Sue October 24, 2015 (8:06 am)

    John – how exactly is this the police dept’s fault?

  • Mocoyaya October 24, 2015 (8:27 am)

    Does the shooting have anything to do with the heavy police and swat action on 26th and Holden this morning?

  • Andrew Smith October 24, 2015 (8:42 am)

    If you do buy a gun, please don’t end up killing yourself or someone close to you on purpose or by accident. Its far more likely to happen than protecting yourself. Be safe out there.

  • Amber October 24, 2015 (8:42 am)

    That spot is where a group of young men regularly hang out, passing small packages from their pockets to a steady stream of people in cars who drive away quickly. Sometimes we neighbors have reported noise disturbances or fighting, once a month or more over the summer. The police have always been very responsive, but I do wish they’d been more proactive: 23rd parallels Delridge where it makes a big curve and many people use it as a cutoff. Would that the police have done so more often, driving by to keep an eye on things as they come and go from the precinct.

  • they October 24, 2015 (8:47 am)

    I don’t think the above comments were blaming police it sounded to me more like be prepared to protect yourself. This type of behavior is so out of control for a civilized society that police are currently fighting a loosing battle.

  • Beth October 24, 2015 (8:49 am)

    SPD is stretched so thin it’s sad. But, I do wish, and I’ve said it a thousand times, be more visible.

  • Dora-Faye October 24, 2015 (9:00 am)

    Calling the guys on the street “scum” isn’t helping either. Our community does NOT need to all get guns to protect ourselves from two guys in an “altercation” on the street. We need to continue to fund and activate PREVENTION programs that will see these problems developing and address them, as well as prevent and/or monitor gun sales!!!!!!!

  • NotOnHolden October 24, 2015 (9:01 am)

    I don’t know what it is but is disturbing that the shooter obviously does not give one single care. Maybe they’re not familiar to the area and not aware of the police precinct by the Home Depot? Would knowledge of its existence act as a deterrent? One would hope but we’re also dealing with someone that shot two people and one died in the street… So yeah…

  • Mari October 24, 2015 (9:08 am)

    I support the police……I don’t know how the police could have done anything to prevent this. Maybe they could train the police in esp. It’s very easy to critize them…what’s your solution?

  • John October 24, 2015 (9:34 am)

    “If you do buy a gun, please don’t end up killing yourself or someone close to you on purpose or by accident. Its far more likely to happen than protecting yourself. Be safe out there.”
    That argument is tautological. It’s akin to saying that if you have a pool you’re far more likely to drown than enjoy yourself. Of course it’s not the police’s fault. But it’s factual to say that the police didn’t save this you man’s life. Who is to say they will save yours?

  • joe. October 24, 2015 (9:44 am)

    Seattle is a Violent place.

  • Ws October 24, 2015 (9:46 am)

    there are a couple shady gang hangout houses down that street.

  • Shane October 24, 2015 (9:48 am)

    I didn’t say anything earlier as I didn’t want to compromise anyone’s safety but it appears to be over now….does anyone know if the large SWAT team mustered at 26th and Holden was related. They were there probably 90 min or more.

    • WSB October 24, 2015 (9:53 am)

      We were there but at a distance for obvious reasons. Haven’t confirmed anything yet so cannot say for sure; will be updating the story when there’s something to say. – TR

  • Ws resident October 24, 2015 (10:15 am)

    “Seattle is a violent place”. That is far from the truth. Seattle has lower violent crime statistics than most other big cities.

  • colleen October 24, 2015 (10:33 am)

    John, asking folks like you to NOT KILL US is not a tautological argument. It is a perfectly reasonable request.

  • Peter October 24, 2015 (10:46 am)

    John, confronting someone with a gun is absolutely the quickest way to get yourself killed. Also, are you willing to suffer the consequences when you kill an innocent bystander while engaging in a gun battle on our streets? People like you out looking for an excuse to kill people with your precious gun are a much much bigger threat to me than gang bangers shooting each other.

  • Amber October 24, 2015 (10:47 am)

    Ws: I live on the block in question, and I’m confident there’s no “shady gang hangout houses.” As I said above, the shady characters have been regularly hanging out on the street, in parked cars and out in the open. The neighbors here are respectable folk, and have been actively reporting problems when they occur.

    • WSB October 24, 2015 (11:08 am)

      In case you missed the update above, a suspect is in custody. Police haven’t yet confirmed whether it’s the same person we saw taken into custody in the 26th/Holden SWAT callout so we expect later updates – TR

  • nachobeaver October 24, 2015 (11:06 am)

    yep heard it loud and clear in highland park at aprox 1:40 am about 2-3 shots followed by 4-5 more..10min later here come the sirens

  • Ex-Westwood Resident October 24, 2015 (11:13 am)

    “If you do buy a gun, please don’t end up killing yourself or someone close to you on purpose or by accident. Its far more likely to happen than protecting yourself. Be safe out there.”

    That statement is NOTHING but pure hyperbole and total BS.
    Thousands of crimes every year are stopped/prevented by citizens who LEGALLY own guns.
    John’s post wasn’t denigrating the Police. I would have said it this way instead:
    “When harm is seconds away, the Police are minutes away.”

  • Lynne October 24, 2015 (11:32 am)

    The comments above are why I’m getting the hell out of West Seattle. I came back to Seattle to get away from the Alabama mindset. It’s alive and well in WS.

  • Trickycoolj October 24, 2015 (11:42 am)

    Ugh SPD why do you have to call It High Point? This clearly happened a block from Delridge. We’ve got enough image problems as it is with the stupid arsonist don’t pin this shooting on the neighborhood up the hill.

    • WSB October 24, 2015 (11:59 am)

      Tricky, sorry, I meant to mention that to the public-affairs officer in our e-mail exchanges, that it’s not High Point. We did not refer to it at any point as such, since, well, it’s not.

  • Joanne October 24, 2015 (11:52 am)

    Perhaps these shootings have more to do with the desensitization of our society and less to do with the actual gun?

  • John October 24, 2015 (11:57 am)

    Thanks to our police department for apprehending someone so quickly. Seattle is not a violent place at all – the violent crime rate is actually quite low compared to other similarly sized cities. Crimes can happen anywhere, anytime.

  • Bonnie October 24, 2015 (12:08 pm)

    Lynne, most people who live in WS are not like the troll comments above. So sorry.

  • Oakley34 October 24, 2015 (12:18 pm)

    trick- I live very near, but not in High point (like across the street), and I agree it has a totally unfair image and rep, perhaps a holdover from the old hp projects (they were demolished the year I moved to sea so I personally have no exp of them). It is a really nice neighborhood full of really nice people.

  • Steven October 24, 2015 (12:27 pm)

    Good thing we passed I-594! Oh wait….:-/

  • wscommuter October 24, 2015 (12:27 pm)

    @Ex-Westwood Resident … would you kindly provide some, you know, evidence, of your statement that “Thousands of crimes every year are stopped/prevented by citizens who LEGALLY own guns.”
    .
    Because the facts that I’m aware of makes your statement completely false. I realize NRA types and pro-gun people like to mythologize the Dirty Harry fantasy of a “lawful” gun owner preventing a crime … but the truth is that this is actually an exceptionally rare event.
    .
    But it is true that stupid people handling guns foolishly manage to hurt themselves and their family members more often than should be possible. Which I think was the original poster’s point.

  • Wsdude October 24, 2015 (12:46 pm)

    Hey Sheeple,
    The SPD is an excellent organization.
    They will be the first to tell you “we can’t be everywhere…protect yourselves.”
    I know, because I was told just that after gang tags showed up on my premise…
    Police work on the principle that…they will get you if you have committed a crime…that is their deterrent. The key is “after the crime happened.” Ask yourself how many crimes have you heard of where an officer just happened to be ther and stop it…
    There are FAR many more stories of gun owners defending themselves than the police happening to be there…
    Google it…very simple…
    Has nothing to do with NRA…

  • Ex-Westwood Resident October 24, 2015 (1:09 pm)

    Read the study performed by the Cato Institute.
    .

    http://www.cato.org/publications/white-paper/tough-targets-when-criminals-face-armed-resistance-citizens
    .
    They correctly point out the following:
    .
    “Criminals will often flee the scene when they discover that their intended target has a gun. With no shots fired, no injuries, and no suspect in custody, news organizations may report nothing at all. Thus, it is important to remember that news reports can only provide us with an imperfect picture of defensive gun use in America. Second, when a citizen is able to shoot an attacker or hold a rapist or robber until the police arrive, it is very likely that more than one crime has been prevented because if the culprit had not been stopped, he could have targeted other citizens as well. The bottom line is that gun owners stop a lot of criminal mayhem every year.”
    .
    Also remember that media will RARELY, if at all, report crimes that have been prevented by an “armed citizen”
    .
    Also read this from Forbes:
    .
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2012/02/21/disarming-the-myths-promoted-by-the-gun-control-lobby/

    • WSB October 24, 2015 (1:33 pm)

      EWR, please refrain from maligning my profession. The “media won’t report (fill in the blank)” allegations are BS. If you have a great story of somebody who chased off a crook with a gun, knife, pepper spray, ruler, scary face, whatever, trust me, the TV people in particular would LOVE to tell that story. They do and have (I did a fast Google and this came up immediately, for example.) They look under every rock they can every day – including coming here – to find something they can turn into a minute-thirty.
      .
      But also keep in mind, us news types aren’t the only place in town to get a story told and heard/read widely any more anyway. Publish it on social media. Share it around the land. Those links are just as circulatable as news-publication links, whatever your spin.
      .
      Everyone: This is getting uncivil and that’s where we draw the line. If you want to have a general debate about guns’ pros and cons, our forum is a great place. In this particular situation, one person is dead, one (at last report) gravely wounded. Have no idea of the circumstances but even if it did happen while somebody was causing trouble in the streets … that is NOT a death-penalty offense. They’re somebody’s sons. We won’t know any names for a few days unless a relative comes forward; the detailed circumstances likely won’t be available until the suspect’s bail hearing, likely Monday afternoon.
      .
      Meantime, the 25-year-old who is in jail for investigation of homicide does check to the address at which an arrest was made this morning (see above) with the SWAT team on hand, so at least we now know the SWAT action was related, for those who were wondering. He does not have a felony record in this state so far as I can tell. ; he was charged in connection with a 2009 robbery a couple blocks away, but the charge was dismissed for lack of evidence, and otherwise, most of what I’ve found so far are traffic-type violations. Still looking. – TR

  • Ex-Westwood Resident October 24, 2015 (1:31 pm)

    Read this also, and pay particular attention to this paragraph:
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    Criminologist Marvin Wolfgang, who described himself “as strong a gun-control advocate as can be found among the criminologists in this country” and whose opinion of guns was “I would eliminate all guns from the civilian population and maybe even from the police. I hate guns–ugly, nasty instruments designed to kill people” defended Kleck’s methodology, saying “What troubles me is the article by Gary Kleck and Marc Gertz. The reason I am troubled is that they have provided an almost clear-cut case of methodologically sound research in support of something I have theoretically opposed for years, namely, the use of a gun in defense against a criminal perpetrator”. He went on to say that the NCVS survey did not contradict the Kleck study and that “I do not like their conclusions that having a gun can be useful, but I cannot fault their methodology. They have tried earnestly to meet all objections in advance and have done exceedingly well.”
    .
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defensive_gun_use

  • Neighbor October 24, 2015 (1:38 pm)

    @exwwr-really? You just quoted the Cato Institute as a reliable source? FYI-not only is it a completely partisan, NRA funded, organization but it’s also one heck of an anti democratic, and therefore anti American groups there is.

    And the Forbes article you linked is by none other then Larry Bell! The same guy who is director of one of the most hideous right wing groups there is, funded by a bunch of Japanese losers from the Second World War who committed the most heinous crimes. Oh yeah and the same guy who is a complete climate change denier yet has absolutely no science back ground…

    How in the world are we ever going to stop the carnage if idiots like this are who we listen to?

  • ScubaFrog October 24, 2015 (1:50 pm)

    What a tragedy. My heart and thoughts go out to the victims, their families and friends.

    I sure hope the gravely wounded victim survives, and recovers.

  • sam-c October 24, 2015 (1:56 pm)

    Wow- nice work SPD. We had to head out early and saw the SWAT team converging and huddling in a front yard around 8:15 this morning. We mentioned it to someone (we hadn’t been online yet at that point) and they said, well, maybe it’s related to the shooting last night. I thought, no way would SPD be moving to arrest someone that fast. Well, look I’m wrong. nice work!

  • Long Time Resident October 24, 2015 (2:14 pm)

    There has been a weird uptick in shady people in the last 6 months or so. We went several years it seems without a lot of issues like we did in years past. There were problems with the DESC guys for awhile but they seemed to have reeled them in a bit, but this new group hanging out in the neighborhood is really becoming a problem. We’ve caught people casing our home and our neighbors, with one guy actually coming into our yard. More abandoned/broken into cars and drug needles thrown about. Visiting family member have also started to makes comments that they don’t feel safe in our neighborhood which is really sad.

  • M October 24, 2015 (2:16 pm)

    At least he is a 25 year old kid and can be tried as an adult.

  • M October 24, 2015 (2:24 pm)

    The CATO institute is partially funded by the NRA, so not a real dependable source of unbiased information on gun ownership. On the other hand, the FBI, funded by us, consistently reports that the states with the highest gun ownership, mostly Southern states, also have the highest rates of suicide by gun, most accidental shootings, highest rates of domestic violence by gun, lowest average level of education, lowest incomes, the list goes on. So John and EWR, you’re in great company. Congratulations.

  • DP October 24, 2015 (3:28 pm)

    LOL @ the Cato Institute.

  • Willbehonest October 24, 2015 (5:40 pm)

    My family does not feel safe in the Delridge neighborhood – where we are forced to reside. Hoping I get that promotion this year so I can afford to move my children to a safer neighborhood.

  • unknown October 24, 2015 (7:10 pm)

    Jerome Jackson R.I.P. good Man,Son, and Father

  • Admiral mom October 24, 2015 (7:56 pm)

    Willbehonest – that is a horrible feeling to have. We all should feel safe at home. This is just so sad.

  • Mike October 24, 2015 (7:57 pm)

    quoting the Cato Institute is like quoting The Onion for legitimacy. I just laugh when people think a gun will protect them. When somebody is firing at you, you don’t have time to protect yourself. The garbage info about criminals are more likely to flee a scene after they find out the victim had a gun…wow, talk about stupid. “Oh no, the dead guy I shot with my gun has a gun, I better run” Only proves that having a gun does not protect you from somebody else shooting you. Ignorance, pure ignorance.

  • Julie October 24, 2015 (8:10 pm)

    I live in Delridge. I carry a gun all the time. So does my spouse. It is bad, and those of you denigrating us for doing so should live a while on our street and see how you think after that. Furthermore, putting down Southern culture is very rude.

  • Neighbors October 24, 2015 (8:21 pm)

    I encourage you all to burn a candle tonight for the person lost, person fighting for their life and the person arrested who has lost any life or freedoms they had. Tonight as neighbors less than a block away we are burning a candle in love, empathy and recognition of the systemic problems that still exist that allow, encourage and support people hurting and killing each other.

  • Sarah October 24, 2015 (8:24 pm)

    I live on Delridge (near where the shooting occurred) and, in spite of the shooting, I feel quite safe. I can’t quote statistics but it doesn’t seem as though the area has any more shootings, theft, drugs, whatever, than the rest of the city. Or the rest of the country. I come from a small town in upstate NY where 10 years ago you could sleep with your front door unlocked. Now they’re dealing with shootings and merh labs.

    • WSB October 24, 2015 (8:30 pm)

      For statistics, as reported here a few days ago, SPD’s new Crime Data Dashboard is available, and you can sort by neighborhood, provided your neighborhood has a micro-community policing plan, which not all do, yet (the initial project worked with neighborhoods that have community councils). North Delridge is one of the neighborhoods – I am not sure where the southern boundary is, I believe it’s north of this morning’s shooting scene, but you also can sort for the entire Southwest Precinct (West Seattle and South Park) – http://www.seattle.gov/seattle-police-department/crime-data/crime-dashboard

  • Dr. Bob October 24, 2015 (9:19 pm)

    Nothing more entertaining than ignorance v. ignorance.

    As always thanks for the entertainment.

  • Sjoy October 24, 2015 (11:04 pm)

    Someone died and another is critical people and you have no idea what happened. Have some damn respect, there are friends and families whose lives were just shattered and forever changed. Keep your negative and nasty comments to yourself.

  • rememberjerome October 25, 2015 (2:14 am)

    Jerome was a good person, no one has the right to slander his name. He brought happiness and laughter to everyone he was around. Rip jerome you won’t be forgotten.

  • Seolajo October 25, 2015 (7:18 am)

    Every year about this time it seems that car thefts, burglaries, mail theft, and gang like activities pick up and people say the same thing, West Seattle is getting too dangerous. It seems ciclical to me. It isn’t getting more dangerous than any place else in Seattle and possibly less. We live in a community where people watch out for each other. The police can not be every where all of the time. It’s important for each of us to be pro active and calling them if we see something strange or wrong. If crime is up maybe the public awareness needs to be too. Don’t turn a blind eye. Read the blog and see what’s going on and who is still out there to catch! Keep your eyes open.

  • sophista-tiki October 25, 2015 (8:23 am)

    wow, some of the ignorant pro gun comments. ,double wow at the way some of you talk to each other. I’ve never personally attacked another poster on this blog but have been censored for far less offenses. Like pointing out inconvenient truths about what goes on around here. ( IE guardian 1 helicopters constantly buzzing our hood).
    Now for the relevance to the story,,, I’ve noticed that things around here have been pretty toned down compared to even 1/2 a yr ago. In my opinion thats an improvement. And for those that don’t remember what Delridge was like 20 yrs ago. PUHLEEZ get over yourselves. You’re all arguing over dumb s–t when you should be giving condolences about the guy who died. Some of us actually knew him.

  • Corey October 25, 2015 (8:27 am)

    So let me get this, the same people who are allowed to smoke their cigarettes, and walk their dogs safely in these back streets without problems are now calling those who hang back there skums? So is this how you want the so called “scums” to think about you all next time you’re seen in these back streets?

  • LiveNPeace October 25, 2015 (9:41 am)

    Sorry to hear about another precious life gone

  • Alan October 25, 2015 (9:54 am)

    I noticed at a couple of other news sites, they mention a bullet ridden vehicle found at the shell station just a few blocks away. This seems like a puzzle to me, assuming it did belong to one of the victims. Was this a car jacking? Regardless, why drop the vehicle so close to the scene, in the parking lot of a business that is likely to have cameras? I also have to wonder if that isn’t what allowed the police to make the quick arrest.

  • Rainbow in the dark October 25, 2015 (11:18 am)

    Jerome was an amazing person and his death has shattered the hearts of those that loved him. Shame on my West Seattle neighbors for being so nasty. A sweet, beautiful father died tragically. Have some respect.

  • Wsgal October 25, 2015 (12:08 pm)

    @liveinpeace and @rainbowinthedark thank you for being empathetic, compassionate and non-political straight out of the gate when WS finds out someone was MURDERED. Tsk tsk to everyone for making assumptions and categorizing people without knowing what happened. Prayers and healing vibes to the families that are mourning their child and apparently, a father to a small child.

  • Alan October 25, 2015 (12:32 pm)

    @rememberjerome and Rainbow – I just scanned through the posts and do not think that the comments were directed at Jerome. I believe they are directed at the person (or persons) involved in the shooting.

    Until we know more, I would assume that Jerome was just trying to get home from work and/or dropping someone off on his way. This happened right by two very large apartment complexes and the time (before 2am) would not be unreasonable for a number of them to be returning home on a Friday night.

    I am sorry for the loss of your friend.

  • Geera October 25, 2015 (1:21 pm)

    Jerome was a great person and we had the pleasure of having him work for us for the past year. We will miss him dearly.
    R.I.P. Romeo….I’m so sad you are gone.

  • Ann October 26, 2015 (12:07 am)

    It is unthinkable that a man is no longer alive who was just trying to get to his home after work. This is a real tragedy for all of us who live in the Delridge larger neighborhood.

    On the other hand, to refer to the Cato Institute as a reputable source of data is ludicrous. It is not.

  • Jena October 26, 2015 (1:30 pm)

    Wow West Seattle, what is wrong with you? We have a great community with a decent and hard working police force. Crimes, violent or non violent are bound to happen in our steadily growing community. Put your judgments on the back burner and do what you can to help keep your community safe. Go educate yourself, befriend your neighbors, support your police force. We are all in this together.

  • phil dirt October 26, 2015 (1:41 pm)

    Some of you might not like guns, that’s your right, but back in the 80s, I lived in the 5400 block of 25th SW. On two occasions, in ten years time, the fact that I was legally armed with (gasp!) a gun saved me from what easily could have been serious consequences for me. As it turned out, on both occasions, nobody got shot and I didn’t get hurt, either.
    So Mike, you and the rest who bad mouth the NRA, the Cato Institute and gun ownership in general, if you are afraid you might shoot yourself or somebody else, don’t get one.
    Bye the way, I’ve been legally armed ever since it became legal to carry a concealed pistol in Washington State. So far, in those thirty some years, I have managed to not shoot myself or anybody else.

  • SOHURTBYAFRIENDSDEATH October 27, 2015 (10:00 am)

    To all of you negative people that wrote on this blog, GET A LIFE!! A son, father, brother and a dear friend that anybody would love has lost his life from a crazy animal. It has nothing do do with drugs, gangs it was a person trying to get away from this crazy person that knew there was going to be trouble if he didn’t. HE IS NOW DEAD. He was a hard worker that went to work everyday and raised his kids, Amber how dare you say it was over drugs when you don’t even know what the hell your talking about. As for Sjoy & Rememberjerome, Thank you! REST IN PEACE ROMEO (Jerome) xo…. And on another note, Yes were gun owners as we will carry everyday to save our lives from crazy people like this that took a young person life.

  • BeaconHill October 27, 2015 (11:12 am)

    This weekend was a rough one. Both of the men shot are friends of mine. Neither one of them was a criminal or “shady”. Both of these guys are awesome people with magnetic personalities. Anybody who knew Jerome would tell you this.

    For those who care, the 2nd guy shot (also a GREAT person) is going to survive. I visited him at Harborview and although he can’t talk right now, he seems to be in good spirits and will pull thru.

    RIP Jerome, I hope your son knows how well loved his pops was in his brief time on Earth.

  • Anonymous October 27, 2015 (7:52 pm)

    Honestly this is tragic for both sides… But unfortunately nobody knows the real story yet, so everyone talking about the suspect like he’s a horrible person is just degrading. What if this man feared for his life? If I read the update correctly there was 5 against 1 (the suspect) so seems to me the suspect was the one about to get jumped. I pray for all parties!! To the publisher neighbor: you are a human, you know that this situation is sad for both sides.

  • dsa October 28, 2015 (5:13 pm)

    I suspect they never found a smoking gun.

  • Chuck October 29, 2015 (7:18 am)

    So saddened by the tragic death of a warm, kind, humble and hard working young man. I worked with Jerome at Seattle Golf Club and we are all shocked by his violent demise! Jerome was a smiling and caring person all day everyday. Now a young child will have to grow up without a positive, loving, and industrious mentor! I am heartbroken! Rest, Rome, Rest.

  • SnowballFighters October 29, 2015 (3:29 pm)

    The world is a little bit darker without Jerome. Although it has been a long time since I have spoken with Jerome, my memories of the times spent together will not be forgotten. Jerome was an amazing person with a beautiful personality. My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends, family and handsome young son. I am extremely heartbroken and will never forget his genuine kindness and all of the great memories of the times we had together through high school together. Rest in peace, Romeo. You will not be forgotten.

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