This morning the Seattle Times has a very good story on the victim from Wednesday night’s shooting in Leschi. Although he hasn’t been officially identified, they spoke to friends and family members who stressed his caring nature and the positive effect he had on them:
Curran Lyons, who will be a senior at O’Dea High School, grew up with Sullivan in the Capitol Hill area. He said news of Sullivan’s death comes as a shock since Sullivan was generally popular, and wasn’t known to be violent.
“I’m in disbelief,” he said. “He’s a caring person; it shouldn’t have been him.”
“The biggest tragedy here is that Aaron didn’t have an opportunity to fully live in his goodness and greatness,” said Valiere, athletic director at Garfield High School. People who knew Sullivan said they don’t believe the killing was gang-related, and emphasize that Sullivan was not involved in any gang activity.
“He was a really chill, relaxed-type of dude,” said friend Merissa Hale. “He was really into art, graffiti and things like that,” she said.