Greenwood residents, businesses hold memorial walk for murder victim

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on March 9, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 10 at 7:02 AM

Greenwood has long been known for its easy restaurants and ‘mom and pop’ stores.

"The folks here love local. They love walking,” said Summer Mohrlang of the Green Bean Coffeehouse. “I feel like it’s a small town in the midst of a big city.”

But two weeks ago, this Seattle neighborhood became known for something else. When 54-year-old David Peterson went for an evening stroll through his neighborhood, police say a teenager tried to rob Peterson of his cell phone. And then the teen shot him when Peterson called 911 to report the crime.

"I heard the gunshot and saw him go down,” said witness Roger White. "I stood there in disbelief for a minute. Did I see what I think I just saw?”

"To think someone could be shot and killed on my daily route is obviously frightening and shows you the randomness of life that it can really happen to anyone,” said Yarek Rivers, a father of two.

Sunday night White, Rivers and other members of the community came together for a memorial walk through the neighborhood. Midway through the walk they stopped for a silent prayer at the place Peterson was gunned down.

Then they moved on.

They're convinced with time, their community will figure out a way to do the same.

"There's just the sense that we're not going to let his define who we are. We're not going to let us live by fear,” said Mohrlang.

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