WESTCREST PARK STABBING: No vigil tonight; no new investigation information

2:58 PM: A Chief Sealth International High School staffer who has just spoken with the family of 15-year-old Westcrest Park stabbing victim Derek Juarez-Lopez just told us the school’s announcement of a vigil tonight was incorrect – the family actually had one last night, and is NOT planning one tonight. Just wanted to let you know in case you were planning on going. Meantime, we just checked with Seattle Police, who tell us they have no new information to release in the case, though detectives are continuing to pursue leads, and are still welcoming tips – 206-233-5000. Meantime, the online crowdfunding campaign for the family continues here.

ADDED THURSDAY NIGHT: The tribute to Derek, nicknamed “Peachy,” has grown:

6 Replies to "WESTCREST PARK STABBING: No vigil tonight; no new investigation information"

  • ScubaFrog September 8, 2017 (6:35 pm)

    What a damn tragedy,  15.  

    We still don’t have info on the woman who was murdered years ago, or the 23 year old who was murdered at the start of summer.  What’s SPD’s track record on solving homicide cases?

  • HC September 8, 2017 (8:02 pm)

    scu: I believe your referring to Greggette Guy 2014.

    What did happen in that case?

    • WSB September 8, 2017 (8:06 pm)

      No arrest to date.
      I don’t know SPD’s clearance rate overall. I only track cases in West Seattle and don’t have the time right now to go back through the past 10 years (but will later). Some cases resulted in arrests and charges, some did not.

      In this year’s murders, there has not been an arrest in the Alki shooting nor so far in this case.
      The baseball bat murder on the slope over 509 resulted in charges against two suspects.

  • mmarie September 9, 2017 (4:34 pm)

    I pray they catch the person or people who did this. It’s unimaginable that they could do this to anyone, let alone a teen/ child.

    • Gyngersnap September 11, 2017 (8:43 pm)

      I feel the same way. Obviously there was more than one person involved in this attack. Gang-related? Motive? I don’t think I’m going to get over this anytime soon. Justice really needs to be done for this boy and his family. All hands on deck, please!

      • WSB September 11, 2017 (9:33 pm)

        I don’t think I mentioned it here but the King County Sheriff’s Office storefront deputy for White Center, asked about this at last week’s North Highline UAC meeting (which we cover for our site White Center Now), said that when cases are believed to be gang-related, a regional bulletin is sent out – and there was none for this case.

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