FOLLOWUP: 16-year-old arrested in High Point murder; victim identified

3:31 PM: Police have now confirmed that they’ve arrested a 16-year-old suspect in last Thursday night’s deadly shooting of a 37-year-old man after the two got off a bus on the west side of the 35th and Morgan intersection. He was arrested in High Point – where detectives have been on scene along Lanham north of Graham for a while, though when we asked for comment about an hour ago, after taking the photo above, we were told they had nothing to release yet. SPD’s announcement adds, “Detectives are interviewing the teen and plan to book him into the King County Youth Service Center for investigation of murder. Thank you to everyone who called in with information about this case.” The arrest comes one day after police released Metro surveillance video of a person they described as the murder suspect. This is the fifth murder case of the year in West Seattle and the first with an arrest.

7:52 PM: The victim has been identified as Taylor C. Fehlen; a commenter shared this link to his obituary, which says a memorial gathering is planned tomorrow.

88 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: 16-year-old arrested in High Point murder; victim identified"

  • waikikigirl August 14, 2018 (3:35 pm)

    In the same sentence…Hallelujah and sorrow for both families involved.

  • Anonymous August 14, 2018 (3:38 pm)

    Seen how it all went down. So sad to find out it i knew him.

  • Daniel August 14, 2018 (3:40 pm)

    I live very close and this is the first I’ve heard about the shooting.. wow. Way too close for comfort. Why does a 16 year old have a gun.

    • Terry Smith August 15, 2018 (7:40 am)

      Its America.  Everyone gets a gun.

      • Concerned Armed Citizen August 15, 2018 (1:42 pm)

        Sadly, yes everyone has a gun. Because there are some that have them illegally, I have mine legally.

      • S.T August 15, 2018 (11:01 pm)

        16 year olds can’t legally possess firearms unless on family owned private property or during the adult supervised activity of target shooting at a designated range. Possession of a handgun is even more restricted.  Lawful possession of a handgun in public starts at 21 in Washington. It’s also the same age a person can apply for a concealed pistol license.Unless a person has a concealed pistol license  they also can’t legally conceal it on their person or ride in a vehicle with it loadedand of course murder is illegal, so this 16 year old broke 2 laws prior to committing the murder.  The joke about ‘everybody getting a gun’ in America is ignorant. Clearly the problem here wasn’t the laws in place that were all ignored by the individual, but that for some reason this individual thought it was ok to murder someone. 

  • Alki resident August 14, 2018 (3:49 pm)

    Say goodbye to your life boy. You’ve disappointed your family. 

    • Boom August 14, 2018 (5:14 pm)

      You know his family?

      • Swede. August 14, 2018 (5:38 pm)

        I think it was more meant that getting a murder charge/sentence at 16 years old will eff your whole life up, independent of what the family think/want. He will, and should spend many, many years in prison. 

        • B.W. August 14, 2018 (6:28 pm)

          This is Seattle, probably not. 

        • Wsresident August 14, 2018 (9:24 pm)

          Juveniles can’t go to “jail” quite yet. 

          • wscommuter August 14, 2018 (10:23 pm)

            @WSresident … not true.  Once charged there will almost certainly be an action by the prosecutor to have him “declined” as a juvenile and tried in adult court.  If convicted, he will face the full punishment as if he’d committed the crime as an adult.  @ BW – You’re ignorant.   

          • CAM August 15, 2018 (2:51 am)

            There are still federal restrictions on juveniles being housed where they don’t have a sight and sound barrier from adult inmates. If a juvenile is convicted as an adult and the sentence runs past the time they become an adult they will initially be detained in a youth facility and then when 18 (or 21 in some places) be moved to an adult facility to serve the remainder of their sentence. 

      • HighPoint Resident August 15, 2018 (3:38 pm)

        i know his family

    • Jort August 14, 2018 (11:59 pm)

      Oh hey! There’s no history of using the term “boy” when talking to a black person, right? 

      • Pelicans August 15, 2018 (7:24 am)

        A 16 year old is considered a  “boy”  in the criminal justice system.  An 18 year old is considered a “msn.”

        • Pelicans August 15, 2018 (7:52 am)

          @Jort: Correction. Meant to say “boy.”P.

      • Elle August 15, 2018 (7:39 am)

        I noticed that too!

      • Anonymous August 15, 2018 (10:19 am)

        No one was talking about race but you found a way to point out that shooter was black, while still sounding anti-racist. 

    • Elle August 15, 2018 (7:32 am)

      The use of “boy” this way sounds racist to me and I’m white. Just thought I’d point this out.

      • Alwaysrace August 15, 2018 (8:31 am)

        Oh get off it- he is a boy! How would you prefer he make this statement?When you twist everything to call it racist, you devalue your credibility. 

        • Jort August 15, 2018 (12:57 pm)

          Setting aside the jaw-dropping defensiveness in your tone, it’s probably worth mentioning — and remembering — that there is actual history around this terminology. Regardless of how you, personally, want to interpret the phrase, for many others it has historical connotations that you shouldn’t just dismiss or ignore.This isn’t meant to accuse anybody of being racist. But calling black males “boy” has direct historic connections that are deeply racist. Perhaps just take the info, internalize it, and remember it for the future?

          • Yeah August 15, 2018 (4:11 pm)

            The guy is 16 and not even an adult yet. He IS a boy. This is honestly the first time I have even heard the word “boy” being a derogatory term towards black people. You really should start changing how you perceive what others say because you’re taking other peoples words and changing it based on your feelings.

          • DH August 16, 2018 (8:14 am)

            If you have never heard of the term “boy” being used in a negative way towards black males you must be pretty removed from knowledge of historical racism, institutional racism and,of course, popular culture. Yes, a 16 year old is a boy AND calling black men “boy” to be insulting dates back to slavery. 

          • Alwaysrace August 15, 2018 (9:29 pm)

            @ jort-no thanks. Perhaps you keep your nag, and file it away for the future when you feel compelled to push your unwanted virtue signaling and racist conjuring onto others. 

  • JanS August 14, 2018 (3:51 pm)

    this just saddens me so much – two lives, wasted. The victim, of course. And a 16 year old boy…still a child, even if he didn’t think so. So much potential gone. So little regard for life at such a young age.  And the proverbial illegal gun – but that’s another discussion at another time.  All over probably something trivial. Just a damned waste :(

    • Bradley August 15, 2018 (5:13 pm)

      So much potential? That little 16 year-old killer obviously had the potential to murder lots of people. Thank God he was apprehended.

      • Anonymous August 15, 2018 (8:04 pm)

        I went to school with this guy and he is not a murderer, he’s such a nice guy and I’m beyond shocked this happened.

  • Disturbed August 14, 2018 (3:57 pm)

    Wow this trend is becoming all to common among society! It would be interesting to know what environment teens in this demographic are subject to in their surroundings, family upbringings, and peers that’s leads to these situations. It’s just irrational to behave in such an unjust and ill perceived manner. Where are the role models? What backgrounds lead to this type of behavior? Is this an assertion of dominance? What reason would a 16 year old feel to take such action and also be prepared to do so? There are patterns that must be addressed in our society that will likely raise tough conversations whereas all sides of the platform must be willing to converse towards a solution without taking offense to realities that are present.

    • H August 14, 2018 (5:19 pm)

      @Disturbed Gangs are not new. I remember a friend being initiated in the early 80’s when we were in middle school… two caucasian females, raised middle to upper middle class. If I were to guess, they offered her a sense of belonging. As a little girl in middle school, part of her initiation was to endure a determinedly hard stomach punch without throwing up, from every single member of the gang (including high school kids). 

    • Ws prayers August 14, 2018 (6:58 pm)

      Completely agree Disturbed

    • Seattlite August 14, 2018 (7:21 pm)

      Disturbed:   Breakdown of the family unit means there’s no positive male role model to teach young boys about:  work ethics,  balance between protection and normal risk-taking in sports/activities, fear of God/spirituality, importance of education/college/vocational school. Somehow the importance of family life has lost its way in today’s world. I do believe that young boys suffer from this dilemma.

      • KBear August 14, 2018 (11:15 pm)

        Seattlite, I know plenty of families raising young men that get along just fine without male parents. Some of them are religious. In fact, some of the parents are pastors. Your ignorance and bigotry are not helpful here. The problem has more to do with criminals and their access to guns. 

        • Concerned August 15, 2018 (3:35 am)

          The absence of fathers is important, Obama continued, because “children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; nine times more likely to drop out of schools and 20 times more likely to end up in prison.”

        • Pelicans August 15, 2018 (5:03 am)

          Dear KBear,Seattlite is right. The absence of one or the other parent is detrimental to the healthy developement of children. If they live in a household with only one parent (as I did) the absent parent  is sometimes  demonized, sometimes with very good reason, or not.  The female child is indoctrinated to feel ashamed of her need for male attention, for a father, and then a disfunctional life can proceed from there. A boy will also hunger for male acceptance, a role model and camraderie. It is heartbreaking to see and live through. I and my brother know.There is absolutely no ignorance or bigotry behind her statement. Those accusations are too frequent tactics these day used to shut people down, silence them, and discourage people with views different than yours from participating in polite public discourse.A lot of these children with gang affiliations are pressured, coerced, or forced using threats of violence, or actual violence to ally with one gang faction or another. They are ridiculed in school by their peers for good grades, for trying to succeed. Sometimes it is survival for them. Should this 16 year old be brought to justice? Without question. Is a loving, two parent home, if possible,  (of opposite or same gender spouses) better for children? Absolutely. Children need quality face time from parent(s).  And this is from my and my brother’s experiences.  My  wonderful stepfather’s presence and love, giving our hard working mother a break, saved both of us, and showed us how a loving man should act, and interact in a home. This was 50 years ago.

        • Pelicans August 15, 2018 (5:26 am)

          Kbear, Also for youth, there are Big Brother Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Clubs and other local assets. There are big reasons some children are defined as “at risk.” We were those kids.

          • CAM August 15, 2018 (8:30 am)

            The most comprehensive, recent, and best research currently shows that QUALITY of parenting is more predictive of future outcomes in all areas than QUANTITY of parenting or who is providing the parenting. The beliefs being referenced above and that frequently pop up in the media are based on outdated research that did not account for all possible variables. 

        • Patrick August 15, 2018 (10:38 am)

          KBEAR….Tell us, what part of the statement is ignorance as these are Seattlites opinions, (which many people agree with)and what part is bigoted.   Nice attempt at trying to shut down any differing opinion than yours with the standard progressive catchphrases used to scare people into silence.

    • Wemmick August 15, 2018 (10:34 am)

      I hope this goes to trial so we can get some insight into the shooter and his motives. I am sure society failed him in a lot of ways, but some people naturally lack empathy. If this kid is one of those types, I’m thankful he is also lacking common sense and got caught before he could hurt more people.

  • Rob August 14, 2018 (3:59 pm)

    The only potential gone from this boy was his ability to cause more harm. GOOD BYE! 

  • Matteo Griffin August 14, 2018 (4:05 pm)

    Has the name of the victim been provided yet? It’s been several days. 

    • WSB August 14, 2018 (4:27 pm)

      The Medical Examiner’s daily 3 pm “hotline” did not have it Friday or yesterday. I am about to check it again. (Added a few mins later) Has not yet been updated for today.

      (updated again) Though the ME’s daily list STILL isn’t out, the Times quotes them as releasing what aside from one letter is the same as what was cited by this commenter:

      so for now we’ll have to go with that. The commenter said Taylor Fehlan, the Times said Taylor Fehlen. Tomorrow we will likely get court documents when the suspect has a bail hearing and those docs usually include the victim’s name.

  • James August 14, 2018 (4:54 pm)

    For those who are against the new youth jail, I’m wondering where this individual would be sent right now if it did not exist.  Adult jail?

    • carole August 14, 2018 (5:19 pm)

      As someone  who worked in the current juvenile facility, you are on point.  This is why we need a facility to hold juveniles facing serious charges. And the new facility will be able to provide more and better therapeutic services to detainees.  Plus, the current building is a pit, a miserable place to work.

      • Question Authority August 14, 2018 (7:38 pm)

        Sounds like any need for therapy should have happened already, time to go to the big boy jail and suffer the consequences of his actions.

        • savoirfaire August 16, 2018 (7:02 am)

          Sadly the resources available for this kind of care in no way adequate to the need.

      • Daniel August 15, 2018 (2:51 am)

        Yeah it’s a bit late for therapy.. he commited murder in cold blood against a defenseless individual

    • Molly Mitchell August 15, 2018 (1:49 pm)

      I am calling for no NEW Youth jail.  The movement does not want 230 million invested in NEW kid cages when 70ish million could be used to upgrade the current facility as we move toward zero detention.  The new cage is just fancy offices for prosecutors and judges.  Go by the building the 12th ave side is beautiful (offices) the 14th ave side (cages) windowless concrete cage.  That’s not therapeutic and until we put services into communities and the communities most effected and address institutional racism and over policing we are not doing young people justice.  No New Youth Jail

      • carole August 15, 2018 (6:39 pm)

        If you had to work in that building you’d see that upgrading is lipstick on a pig.  There are bugs and vermin, the heating/cooling system doesn’t work well. Both prosecutors and defense attorneys are crammed together in small conference rooms. There is no privacy for parties to confer with counsel.  The lack of privacy  strips dignity from  litigrants and their families.    Despite the allegedly beautiful outside the inside is dismal and falling apart.

        • Molly E. Mitchell August 15, 2018 (8:36 pm)

          Only fo progressive Seattle pats itself on the back for more money spent on institutions that are rooted in racial inequity.  There is absolutely nothing beautiful about the current cage either.  

          • DH August 16, 2018 (10:13 am)

            Have you ever been in the detention part of that building? If so have you been there for more than an hour? I have and the current facility needs to be replaced! I agree that a lot more needs to be done before youth come into contact with the justice system. 

  • flimflam August 14, 2018 (5:18 pm)

    good question. i’m not really sure what opponents of a youth jail think should be done with a 16 year old murderer…to be honest, i’m not sure they honestly know either.

    • Daniel August 15, 2018 (2:53 am)

      Regular prison..

  • Bus rider August 14, 2018 (5:32 pm)

    To understand the big for profit business of mass incarcerations in this country watch the documentary 13th Amendment

    • Anonymous August 14, 2018 (6:13 pm)

      He’s a murderer, not a drug offender or just arrested for being black. People who lack the cognition to understand LIFE, need to get put away. Or they will reoffend!

      • savoirfaire August 16, 2018 (7:06 am)

        So, everyone under the age of 25, then? That’s when the human brain typically reaches full maturity, especially when it comes to regulating emotions, exercising judgment, and understanding consequences. Can’t say this seems like a practical solution!

    • Joe August 14, 2018 (6:28 pm)

      Does the documentary mention how crime has gone down? Or is it the Butterfield Effect?

    • Kevin August 14, 2018 (9:11 pm)

      @Bus Rider Do you also think we, as a society, should do away with the medical profession because of all the lobbying and Medicare fraud in the industry?   Because this is the type of arguement your inference makes. 

    • Daniel August 15, 2018 (2:56 am)

      What a completely ridiculous comment to make. He’s going to jail for MURDER. He murdered an innocent person. I think this smoke is making a lot of people airheaded today.. seeing a lot of nonsense comments.

  • Seattle 360 August 14, 2018 (6:16 pm)

    He’ll get Juvenile Life be out when he 21 

  • lookingforlogic August 14, 2018 (6:41 pm)

    Are you suggesting that there is no incentive for business and stockholders to prevent crime when they profit greatly from incarcerating citizens? 

  • Ws prayers August 14, 2018 (6:57 pm)

    Ugh as a mom of a 26 yr old -that I wouldn’t allow to go alone to Walgreens that night and being in the store when shots were fired and walking passed the event to get our bus that night breaks my heart….same age as my kid. So disturbing for why? Seriously…and what could have stopped this and how could this be prevented in the future? All questions may never have answers for -prayers for all involved family friends and our community 

  • Prayers to the victim August 14, 2018 (7:20 pm) victim was a huge advocate for racial equality. He was against white supremacy.

    • Ws prayers August 14, 2018 (7:59 pm)

      Tragic absolutely devastating and disturbing…how did this happen? Prayers for  your friends and family of Taylor I’m so sorry for ur loss he seemed like a genuinely nice guy…can’t believe this happend 

  • Mj August 14, 2018 (7:39 pm)

    A huge tragedy all around.  

  • Ws prayers August 14, 2018 (7:54 pm)

    I don’t know how to edit my comment my goodness I meant 16yr old not 26…I just saw a picture of the victim and I’m even more devasted by this event…none of this makes sense 

    • sam-c August 15, 2018 (9:30 am)

      I am not sure I understand what you mean by, “I just saw a picture of the victim and I’m even more devasted by this event.”A teenager taking someone’s life is tragic.    It’s a tragedy for the perpetrator’s family.    It is a tragedy for the victim’s family, no matter what the circumstances are of the victim.  Everyone’s life has value,  no matter what.Just opening the conversation because I would like to understand what you meant, since it wouldn’t be ok to make assumptions about what you are trying to say.Here are 2 completely different assumptions one could make.  You could mean anything from, “I’m EVEN MORE devastated because an African American teenager shot a white man, and the justice system and society will let that affect their decisions as they move forward from this point and this could also perpetuate racism and bias.”  Or, “I’m MORE devastated because the perpetrator killed an upstanding citizen instead of a homeless person addicted to drugs”there could be a million reasons why you think it is MORE devastating after you saw the victim’s photo.sorry for the long wall of text; the comment made me stop and think, and I’d like to understand it better.

      • Wsprayers August 15, 2018 (10:07 am)

        I made the statement because of two totally different worlds trying to understand motive that was all I meant by seeing the picture was shocking-looking at not his skin color but age where he worked got a glimpse of a little bit of who this guy was who genuinely seemd like a good nice guy-didn’t seem like he would be a kind of guy to start sh-t -I ride the buses all the time I live in this community I’m a single mom to classmate of the shooter and I’m trying to make sense of this -that is all

      • Ws prayers August 15, 2018 (10:16 am)

        And of course every life has value….motive trying to wrap my mind around what instigated. All this I’m devasted for this kid too-And his family and friends -finding out some of my kids friends and my family are aqauninted with him -this is tragic and it doesn’t make sense and it might not ever make sense -sincerely want to know how to be the change because I never want this to happen in our community Honestly I feel have a responsibility as a parent too -because I absolutely believe all lives matter I believe in the power of love and I desire to be the change 

        • sam-c August 15, 2018 (10:50 am)

          Thank you so much for clarifying, and sharing more…..and I agree, it doesn’t make any sense. It’s so horrible.

  • Huck August 15, 2018 (5:49 am)

    This is sad, but I hope he gets prosecuted as an adult. Put this kid away for the rest of his life. Such a waste.

    • Smh August 15, 2018 (11:21 am)

      I’m confused as to why people are assuming what happened ?! How does everyone know that the teenager was in the wrong? That is a 37 year old man . We’re you guys on the bus and witnessed what happened before the guy was shot? Do you guys know if the teenager was scared of the man or are you guys just assuming that he is an awful kid and doesn’t know right from wrong ?

      • WSMom August 15, 2018 (12:39 pm)

        SMH – He had a gun!  Of course he was in the wrong.  He’s 16 years old and has a gun.  Is that right?

      • Yeah August 15, 2018 (4:14 pm)

        A little common sense tells me that anybody who runs away after murdering another human being is almost always in the wrong.

      • Ws prayers August 15, 2018 (5:22 pm)

        I commented on the video kid did not seem threatening or intimidating his body language when he got he got on the bus was open he had his hood off sat in the front -I was not on the bus so did not see or hear what happpend in the few mins literally from the timer on video from time he got on then the bus -skipped to him standing up at the back door- to get off-maybe 10 mins -he was gaurded I don’t know what disturbance happend but yea body language definite change his hood was up and hand in his pocket and he he looked ready -the man who was shot was an advocate for racial equality-activist against white supremacy groups-he was a plumber a snow boarder it’s hard to wrap my brain around that guy being that intimidating to the young man but maybe he was  

      • Huck August 17, 2018 (7:04 am)

        SMH: that will all come out in the investigation in the end. Have no fear. But if I were a betting man, I’d lay down a fortune saying he’s guilty.

  • Steve August 15, 2018 (6:58 am)

    He will get 25 years. If he were an adult it would be life. 

  • quora August 15, 2018 (7:14 am)

    Terribly sad. I’m speculating but this seems totally random as in the victim and perp didn’t know each other. Happened to get on the same bus, something set one of them off during the bus ride (someone bumped into the other, making lewd comments to another rider, etc.), argument ensues and the victim probably has no clue that the perp is armed. Gets off on the stop and just like that a 37 year old is shot dead. unbelievable.

  • Elle August 15, 2018 (7:38 am)

    For the family, I can only try to begin to imagine your loss. You are seen, your pain is seen. 

  • Elle Nell August 15, 2018 (8:00 am)

    RIP to this man who seemed super cool…and to all of you entitled folks who think you know what is THE best way to raise a child… raising a child comes with many different villiages. Times are completely different than the 50’s. And I’ll bet most of the “know it alls” don’t have a child to speak of. Have some courtesy and mind your comments, we have MANY different family structures around here that are beautiful!! 

  • CCS August 15, 2018 (9:08 am)

    Use a gun – be tried as an adult. Simple. Maybe a message like this could hinder future problems?

  • Rick August 15, 2018 (9:11 am)

    At that age all I had on my mind was cars,girls and beer. Sad for all involved. 

    • Ws prayers August 15, 2018 (10:26 am)

      Super sad -as a teen it was the same for me -beer boys and getting thro high school-going to keggers in “whisky woods” no one in the years I was in high school killed anyone that I knew of -I see my 16yrs olds generation -never thought I’d be the parent who despises teens music or clothing it’s funny thinking back to those days-neve imagined I’m literally unable to relate to young people-I’m older now I’m the one I didn’t like as a teen -rebelled against the adults in my life I sure did but never did any of us ever think to kill any adult-it’s shocking 

  • Kathy August 15, 2018 (11:38 am)

    It’s a story like this that reinforces the inclination to not engage with fellow bus riders, chilling as that can be. Sadly, you don’t know what could set someone off to become violent. I ride the bus, but my husband will not because of this fear. I expect witnesses on the bus, in the trial phase, will be giving their story as to what interaction between victim and murderer, if any, might have led to this tragedy. 

  • T Rex August 15, 2018 (12:59 pm)

    But he was such a good kid….No he was not, he had a weapon, hid it from his parents or parent, and he shot someone. I can guarantee someone close to this young man knew he had this weapon but did not say a thing. And just my view from the “boy” conversation, it has always been my understand that calling an African American man a “boy” is the true insult. This I learned from an African American man. Could have misunderstood. After all a boy is still a boy regardless of color correct? 

  • May August 15, 2018 (2:26 pm)

     Seems like people don’t think the human lives are not reversible–like a video game.  You can’t push the button to “play again”, and here, the person is “alive, and play” again. I was tailgated yesterday. I was coming to a stop for yellow-changing to red light. Then the tailgater moved to the HVO lane ( solo driver) to avoid hitting me.   Then he rolled down his window, and kept saying something xxxxxxxx” YOU BXXCH !!  BXXCH !!! xxxxx Bixxh !!  ”   I even opened mine to see what he was saying, then I rolled it back, ignored.  I think he got mad cuz I stopped, and he couldn’t make it to the light.  I was scared, but tried not show.   Green light, there he goes slower than he would, waiting for me to catch up, I was going slow, afraid he might have a gun.  As he kept yelling at me entire time during the red light.   Someone got in front of me,  then the guy sped up and gone.   I was  so scared.  You never know what triggers people,  he could have shoot me for stopping for the red light !!!    

  • Greg August 15, 2018 (4:54 pm)

     I wonder does he feel vindicated for whatever insult was shown to  or he believes was shown to him? Kid, man, race……….. all absolutely irrelevant.  If he is guilty of the crime. Then he’s a killer.  He came to a Y in the road. And he made a choice. Same as the fellow with the horizon jet last week. “just a guy with a couple screws loose I guess. Never knew it until now.”  is what he concluded when reflecting on what he had just done. No matter how big your gun is. Or machete is. Or ego is. If someone is not actively kicking the sh-t out of you. When you feel insulted. Just take a moment and count to ten before you interact. By ten you might just be like. Wtf ever screwball as your walking down lifes road.  

  • Tim August 15, 2018 (7:59 pm)


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