Police have not released any new details about a shooting July 26 on 19th Ave near Yesler that left one man dead. He has not yet been officially named, but a vigil set up by friends and family near the site of the shooting send messages of love and goodbyes to “D.C.”
UPDATE: The King County Medical Examiner has officially identified the deceased as Demicko Chatman, 41.
Flowers, candles and balloons mourned the man’s life, and visitors lit candles and said goodbyes. Messages scrawled on the balloons read, “Stop the Killing,” and “RIP D.C.” One person wrote a message on the sidewalk.
The shooting happened around 4:30 a.m. July 26. The victim had just parked and was exiting the car when he was shot several times in the chest. A woman in the passenger seat fled and flagged down a police officer a block east. She told the officer her friend had been shot. The man was dead by the time medics arrived.
Police have not released a suspected motive or a suspect description.
UPDATE: The Seattle PI has more on Chatman’s criminal history and some thoughts from his roommate:
Chatman was a member of the Black Gangster Disciples in the Central District, according to police. He was sentenced to 87 months for a January 2007 gun possession case, following other felony convictions. His criminal history includes assault, burglary, robbery, DUI and 24 other criminal traffic convictions, according to court documents.
But he was released on April 26 after getting a 10-day early release, credit for good behavior and for time served in jail while his case was at trial, according to the Department of Corrections.
Speaking Tuesday, roommate Vickie Borders said Chatman had been trying to build a life for himself since his release from prison.
“He was looking forward to getting together with his family and being with his son,” Borders said. “That’s my best friend, man. That’s my partner.”