Seattle victims like Desmond Jackson, Nicole Westbrook, Danny Vega, and 14 other individuals have been murdered. These are the homicide cases that continue to remain open and unsolved since January 2010. Their family and friends, including members of the community and law enforcement agencies want to know who killed them, arrest the murderers and bring justice to the victims.
“In partnership with the Seattle Police Department and Department of Justice, we have launched the Who Killed Me? Don’t Stay Silent! campaign because we need your help in providing us with tips and leads of what you may have seen, heard, and/or read about these crimes,” said Myrle Carner, director of Crime Stoppers. “It is important to emphasize that your tips and leads – no matter how insignificant you may think they are or no matter how brief they may be – are pieces of powerful information that will help us find their killers.”
Under the billboard located between Martin Luther King Jr. Way S. and Graham Street that was unveiled this morning, and not far away from where Danny Vega was murdered, family members of the victims spoke to express their plea and pain, including community activists who help spearhead the campaign. They were joined by Deputy Chief Nick Metz and US Attorney Jenny Durkan.
Rev. Harriett Walden, director of the Silent War campaign: “We have many unsolved murder cases in Seattle, and we believe that someone in the community has information that can help solve these crimes. These billboards will remind our community that someone knows something.”
“As chair of the Seattle Police Department’s African American Community Advisory Council, I urge anyone who may know something to step up to the plate and do the right thing,” said Paul Bascomb. “Remember that you have the option to remain anonymous if you do know something – anything, but are reluctant to give up that piece of information, which can lead to an arrest and make our community safer.”
The campaign depicts photos of Seattle victims on space-donated Clear Channel Outdoor billboards and digital network located throughout the Seattle and surrounding areas. King County Transit buses are also part of the campaign to further increase awareness.