January 2024

Executive Constantine aims to end jail time for youth; Hoping to improve outcomes

Information from King County

King County Executive Dow Constantine announced on Wednesday the creation of a six-part strategy responding to the recommendations formed by the Care and Closure Advisory Committee and subcommittees to create community-based alternatives in order to end traditional youth detention in King County. The recommendations include refocusing support systems for youth when they return home and strengthening community infrastructure.


Mobarak Adam's death ruled a homicide

The shooting death of a 15-year-old Mobarak Adam has been ruled a homicide by the King County Medical Examiner.

He was shot in the torso and died in the boys bathroom inside and near the entrance to the Southwest Athletic Complex at 2800 SW Thistle Street on January 23.

The circumstances surrounding his death are still unclear since no witnesses have come forward. Detectives told the family that the camera at the center has not worked for more than a year. 

This is the first homicide in Seattle for 2024 and is the second shooting death in this area in less than a year. Ka-Don Brown was shot nearby and his body was found on the campus of Chief Sealth International High school last April.

That crime remains under investigation.


Gun violence protest draws hundreds to Chief Sealth

Death of 15 year old Mobarak Adam at SWAC is the second in the area in a year

The shooting death of Mobarak Adam, a 15 year old Chief Sealth student, at the SW Athletic Complex on January 23 prompted an outpouring of support for his family and brought hundreds to a protest at the school January 29.

The event had several people speak including his older sister, and older brother who thanked those gathered for their support but demanded that the Seattle Police release more information and any footage from body cams on the day of the shooting. Also on hand and speaking were newly elected District 1 City Council member Rob Saka and Aneelah Afzali, Exec. Dir. of the American Muslim Empowerment Network. The Principal at Sealth Ray Morales also spoke to the crowd.

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Gun violence protest called for on Monday in response to shooting death

Change.org petition has been posted demanding more information

A gun violence protest is set to happen at 12 Noon outside Chief Sealth International High School on Monday. In a post on social media, a person stating she is the sister of the 15 year old male student who was shot at the Southwest Athletic Complex last Tuesday called for the protest and asked that others join her. The school is located at 2600 SW Thistle Street.

"We are planning to hold a protest against gun violence and to get justice for my younger brother.


Local baseball team swings for the fences in fundraising effort for Cooperstown trip

Information from 12U Seattle Tigers

The 12U Seattle Tigers, a local West Seattle travel baseball team, are gearing up for the opportunity of a lifetime – a trip to Cooperstown, the home of legendary baseball memories.
They’ll get to play Summer tournament baseball with other 12U teams from across the US, visit the Hall of Fame and participate in a 7 day sleep-away camp with teammates and coaches.

To help turn this dream into a reality, the Tigers have launched a unique Valentine’s fundraiser – a raffle for a dazzling 1 carat diamond ring.

The 12U Seattle Tigers includes a dedicated group of 11 young baseball players, and dedicated coaches who have played together for years on various West Seattle BB, West Seattle LL, All Stars and travel teams. Each player has shown growth of talent and sportsmanship throughout their years. 


With light rail looming, Skylark Cafe and Club owner asks for support

Skylark Cafe and Club owner Matt Larson shared an open letter to the community this week, asking for support as he and other businesses nearby wait for the Environmental Impact Statement from Sound Transit. As one of the only live music venues and one of very few all ages venues in Seattle the Skylark at 3803 Delridge Way SW represents a genuine community asset. Here's his letter: 

Hello Skylark Friends, Family, Beloved Patrons,

I hope this message finds you well, and I want to take a moment to share something close to our hearts—something that directly impacts the heartbeat of our community.