by Shaun Knittel -
SGN Associate Editor
Seattle Police are investigating the double homicide of 27-year-old Ahmed Said and 23-year-old Dwone Anderson-Young, Sunday morning, at 29th Ave. S. and S. King St. Both of the victims were Gay and the two men had been seen earlier in the evening on Capitol Hill near R Place and Hot Mama's.
A vigil was held in the neighborhood at 29th Ave. S. and S. King St, at 7 p.m. Thursday by Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea) with both families of the men.
At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said no motives have been determined, but that police are working hard on the case.
'This is a tragedy that has touched three communities,' Murray said. 'It's important that we come together as we try to figure out the motives that might be behind this crime.'
The mayor was, of course, referring to Said's Somali background, Anderson-Young as an African-American, and the LGBTQ community.
On June 1, SPD responded to reports of gunfire at 2:22 a.m. and found the men in the Central District street, in the area of S. King St. and 29th Ave. S. Witnesses reported seeing a black or silver vehicle fleeing the area. Fire Department medics pronounced the two men dead at the scene. The two victims had no identification on them.
Currently, Seattle Police are asking for help from the public to apprehend a second suspect in the double homicide case: Ali Muhammed Brown is a black male, 5'9', 190 pounds, with brown eyes. Brown is 30-years-old and believed to be a transient, who has previously frequented the South King County area.
If you see Brown or know where police can find him, please call 911 or the SPD Homicide Tip Line at (206) 233-5000 immediately, and use extreme caution as detectives believe he is armed and dangerous.
Matalepuna Malu, a convicted felon with connections to an Everett-area gang involved with the illegal prescription drug trade, turned himself into Seattle Police Sunday night after his image was spread by media across the region. The 26-year-old is currently held on $1 million bail.
Police say Malu told a family member he 'shot a man in the face' following an altercation. Malu later told police he was not involved.
Malu has a long history of criminal activity. Everett police investigated Malu for his alleged involvement in the murder of a 22-year-old man in Everett in August 2010. He was charged with first-degree murder, but was never prosecuted.
According to Western Washington U.S. District Court records, Malu is currently under federal supervision. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm in 2011. Malu is linked to a gang distributing OxyContin in the Everett area, U.S. District Attorney Jenny Durkan said in 2011 news release.
'He continued to live a life marked by drug abuse, drug trafficking, violence and illegal weapons possession. Barely six months later he violently assaulted his girlfriend, which was merely the latest in a string of violent incidents over the course of his life. When officers responded, they found drugs, drug paraphernalia, ammunition, and the gun that belonged to that empty gun box found in his room six months earlier,' federal prosecutors wrote in their sentencing memo.
In addition, Malu is being investigation to determine if he violated his federal supervision due to an alleged assault case in August in Snohomish County. Malu denies he violated the supervision, court records show.
He is currently facing a harassment charge in Snohomish County and posted $10,000 bail in November. It's unknown if it's related to the assault case.
The victims, however, have no criminal record. Anderson-Young worked as a developer according to his website.
Police say 'Detectives continue to investigate the case and Malu remains in custody at the King County Jail for a federal warrant and an assault investigation,' the SPD statement reads. Malu has not yet been charged in the homicides.
SPD officials told the media Wednesday that a vehicle belonging to one of the victim's revealed that there was at least one additional suspect in the case.
According to SPD officials, detectives recovered Said's vehicle after it was found parked on a South Seattle street earlier this week. Tuesday afternoon, police located the abandoned Mitsubishi Galant on Wabash Ave. S. and S. Cloverdale St.
'Officers quickly realized the car belonged to one of the young men killed in the shooting at 29th Ave. S. and S. King St.,' SPD officials told the media. 'Police had been working to locate the victim's car.'
Officers had the car towed to the SPD Evidence facility, where Crime Scene Investigators processed the vehicle. Detectives are investigating how the car ended up in South Seattle.
Due to the fact that one of the men was African American, the other was East African, Somali, and both of them were Gay, investigators are looking into the possibility that the killings may have been motivated by hate.
'I don't want to guess what the motive is because we don't know. Obviously, they're investigating all angles, including the possibility that it was a hate crime,' Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said.
Another possibility is that this may have been a carjacking; police say they just don't know.
Interim Seattle Police Chief Harry Bailey credits neighbors with helping his investigators make the arrest, saying, 'When people come out and want to get involved, it helps us make arrests much quicker.'
Whenever anyone's life is taken in cold-blooded murder - it's a tragedy. But it somehow seems worse when the tragedy occurs and those involved are law-abiding citizens with no police record. Dwone Anderson-Young had recently moved in with his mother, three doors down from where he was killed.
Mayor Murray met with the parents of both Dwone Anderson-Young and Ahmed Said after the murders.
He stressed that the parents of the young men wanted the public to know that the young men were not involved in criminal activity. 'These were not young men who have any record. Dwone, the African-American young man, was a graduate of the University of Washington,' he said.
In an effort to make residents feel safer (there have been a string of murders in the neighborhood within weeks, and in some cases, days of each other) Mayor Murray directed the city to improve safety and lighting along 29th Ave. S. The Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle City Light inspected the 500 block of 29th Ave. S. early this week and developed a plan to trim back overgrown vegetation on the street. Some trees interfering with lighting on the street are on private property, but SDOT and SCL will assess the situation and attempt to resolve the public/private property issue and improve public safety in the area.
On the heels of the double homicide, more than a hundred neighbors crowded into a monthly South Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting Wednesday. 'I think people have had it and it's not getting any better, and it won't get any better because city policies are causing our problems here,' South Seattle Crime Prevention Council President Pat Murakami said.
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