Neighborhood breathes sigh of relief


by OWEN LEI / KING 5 News

Posted on November 6, 2009 at 11:41 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 7 at 12:22 AM

SEATTLE - The news of the arrest of a suspect in SPD Officer Brenton's murder is a relief to many, including residents who live near the crime scene.

All week, residents have been asking why someone would kill an officer in cold blood, and many have wondered if they are next.

So Friday night's arrest, they say, is comfort not just for one neighborhood, but for all of Seattle.

Despite the downpours, a steady stream of people continued to visit the corner of 29th and Yesler on Friday, dropping off bouquets to honor the officer killed there Halloween night.

The memorial that started with a few flowers just days ago has blossomed into a symbol of Seattle's gratitude for the service of Officer Tim Brenton.

It's also where several neighbors went to express relief at a suspect's capture, hoping that police had in fact caught the real killer.

"Hopefully the city can rest a little better now," said resident Michael Navarro. "If they caught him, that's great to hear."

It's not just Seattle's Leschi neighborhood that's been on edge, but the whole city that has been shocked by a killing that has seemed so senseless, so random.

A random driver passing by a KING 5 crew downtown asked, "Did they catch him?" and shouted out loud when told a man had been arrested.

Meanwhile, Saint James Cathedral held a prayer service Friday night for all victims of violence, in response to Brenton's murder as well as the mass killing at Fort Hood, Texas.

"Let us remember the entire family of the Seattle Police Department," said Father Michael Ryan, "who serve this community so courageously and so selflessly."