Unknown Donnie Chin Killer- Washington- 2015 Nov 22, 2015 8:59:41 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Nov 22, 2015 8:59:41 GMT -5
(Above photo credit: king5.com)
Link to "Crime Watch Daily" segment: crimewatchdaily.com/videos/0-hfd4zxbj/
SEATTLE -- Gregory Rossmeier traveled from Sea-Tac to Seattle, set aside his cane, and took a knee at the memorial next to the spot where Donnie Chin was gunned down.
“I just wanted to pay my respect,” said Rossmeier. “Because this hurts. It’s just senseless.”
Seattle Police are still looking for the shooter, or shooters, who killed Chin early Thursday morning.
They are investigating whether Chin, who responded to emergencies around the International District, may have been rushing to a disturbance or if criminals ambushed him.
Some are pointing their fingers at problem businesses around the neighborhood where Chin was shot. They say they are attracting a criminal element.
“Whether he happened to be in the area, whether it was intentional, nothing has been ruled out at this time,” said Assistant Police Chief Robert Mentor.
Friends and community members say Chin would patrol the neighborhood and help those in need, or those who were not willing to call the police.
Deputy Seattle Mayor Hyeok Kim said many in the predominately immigrant community have a fear or distrust of police.
“In some cases, especially when we talk about our refugee populations, they are coming from societies where the basic rule of law has broken down,” Kim said. “There’s a significant cognizant gap between their experience as refugees and what they experienced back home, versus building that trust with someone who represents law enforcement.”
While Chin’s murder has certainly put some in the International District on edge, overall crime in the neighborhood is down 11% this year compared to last. Violent crime, however, is up 18% with a 63% increase in robberies, according to numbers provided by the Seattle Police Department.
While police investigate, people all around the International District continue to mourn the man they called a hero.
“The community is really in pain and sorrow at this time,” said Laura Wong-White, who knew Chin for 20 years. “It’s really hard.”
Chin spent more than four decades serving the area as the founder of the International District Emergency Center. He would do everything -- from the simple things like helping elderly people across the street to performing life-saving measures.
“If someone had a heart attack at a restaurant, the restaurant would call Donnie and he always got there first and did CPR and they survived,” said Susan Chin. She’s not related to Donnie, but has known him for 40 years.
She believes he saved hundreds of lives over the years. She, and a lot of people in the International District, are worried about the lives that won’t be helped now that Donnie Chin is gone.
On Friday night, members of the community were to hold a protest against violence and a march in memory of Donnie Chin at 8th and Lane, the spot where he was killed.
Thoughts? As mentioned in the link I provided under Donnie's photo, this case has been featured on the syndicated crime show "Crime Watch Daily." Two persons of interest were identified in August who police believe at least contributed to the violence that night and were at the murder scene, however, there is not evidence to charge them in Donnie's murder.
It does seem despite Donnie's neighborhood patrol, he wasn't targeted because of that and was simply caught in crossfire in a tragic irony. So it is a matter of eyewitness identification. What complicates matters, according to the Crime Watch Daily segment, is that many in Donnie's community don't speak English, so special flyers had to be made asking for information.
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