The two victims in Sunday’s double homicide, 23 year old Dwone Anderson-Young and 27 year old Ahmed Said, were both gay, The Stranger has learned. Anderson-Young, a web developer, was out and his mother was supportive of his sexual orientation. Sources tell us that Said was known to some of his friends as gay. Police say they still don’t know the motive for the murders, which took place at about 2:30 a.m. on Sunday in the Central District, but that they’re pursuing all possibilities—including that this was a hate crime. They also say they’re looking for more suspected assailants beyond Matalepuna Malu, who turned himself in late on Sunday. Neither of the victims had any criminal history. Both of them had been out that night on Capitol Hill.
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.
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