The East Precinct Advisory Council (EastPAC) is hosting a community forum on recent violence in the neighborhood from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday at Garfield Community Center.
The past week has tested the resolve of the Central District community. Police have no new information in the shocking May 24 death of Justin Ferrari in front of his parents and children inside their van at MLK and Cherry. They are still urging anyone with information about the unknown shooter to come forward. You can call the Homicide tip line 24 hours a day at (206) 233-5000. If you do not want to call police directly, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800 222-TIPS (8477) or send a text to CRIMES (274637). Begin your text message with “FYI486” to ensure proper routing.
The incident has brought some in the community together, but driven others away. Emotions ran high as people processed the devastating story in different ways. If conversation on CDNews comments are any gauge, the event brought out the worst and the best in many of us.
Community members held several vigils over the next couple days, and the shock of such senseless and random violence opened old wounds and memories of other neighbors gunned down in our streets.
In response to a CDNews reader who was feeling depressed about the “current state of affairs in our community,” commenter leon offered this sage advice:
More details, from EastPAC:
The recent tragic shooting of Justin Ferrari, increased gun violence, shots fired around the 23rd and Cherry/MLK area; as well as unsolved past homicides have our community on edge and experiencing a wide range of emotions: Anger, tension, fear, frustration, sorrow and loss.
In response, the East Precinct Advisory Council (EastPAC) will be holding a Community Forum from 6:30 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, May 30th at the Garfield Community Center. The Community Center is located at 2323 East Cherry Street, on the SE corner of 23rd and Cherry.
East Precinct Captain Ron Wilson, Deputy Chief Nick Metz, Community Outreach Team Acting Captain Carmen Best, Lt. John Hayes, and youth worker Paul Patu will be present to answer your questions and hear your concerns. We have also invited Seattle City Council Public Safety Committee members.
Thank you and see you tomorrow night.
Stephanie Tschida, Chair