Two men found shot dead in car in South Seattle


by KING 5 News

Posted on March 4, 2013 at 7:46 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 4 at 6:09 PM

Police are asking for information from the public to help solve the early morning shooting of two men found in a car in the Beacon Hill neighborhood.

The men were found just after 6 a.m. Monday at 39th Avenue S. and S. Kenyon St.

A patrol officer discovered the deaths when he noticed glass on the sidewalk and thought it was car prowl. The two men were found in a maroon Jaguar, shot at close range.

The car was parked just a few feet away from a Seattle public housing complex, close to windows and balconies, but no one called police.

Later, some people said they heard gunshots around midnight, while others said they heard shots at 3 a.m.

The father of one of the victims talked with KING 5 about his son.

Edward Westmoreland Senior said he doesn’t know who would want his 35-year-old son dead.

“Edward was a special person, Edward carried himself like a giant, a gentle giant, always willing to help,” he said of his son, Edward Westmoreland II.

The bodies were found in Westmoreland II’s Jaguar.

Even in daylight, fear ripples through the neighborhood
“I want to move. I’m scared,” said one mother.

“It really scares me, it’s not good news,” said another mother of young children. “I thought it was better than this. I don’t know what we’re going to do.”

As a grieving father, Westmoreland understands the fear, but believes there’s something bigger here – too many guns on the street.

“Gun violence … we don’t know at any time whether or not it’s going to strike your family. And when it does, the pain, the loss, are hurt … it’s forever, it's forever. Can we at least make that change, make it harder to take a life?”

The names of the victims won’t officially be released until Tuesday afternoon at the earliest.