The Killing of Seattle’s Tyrone Love

 

 

In 2009, shootings and murders particularly of young black men, seemed seattle tyrone lovealmost common on the streets of Seattle. The murder of Tyrone Love was different.

A city, across neighborhoods, race, religion, class and age, collectively knocked down, and stunned into disbelief, despair and anger.

The bullets that killed Tyrone hit his family, friends, his neighborhood, and the city at large. The funeral was standing room only. It was one of the few times the mayor himself, and not a delegate, attending the funeral of a homicide victim, specifically a black man.

Part 1: Innocent

Tyrone Love’s girlfriend, Margarita Quevedo-Walker dropped him off at work the night he was murdered. She was also the one who realized, hours later, that something was wrong. Tyrone had not come home. In an interview with me in 2009 she recalled waking up around 4:30 and realizing his side of the bed was empty. She sent out texts to those closest to him, who sent out texts to their networks. No one knew where Tyrone was. By 9:00am, the unimaginable was at the front door. Download Part 1 here


Part 2: Investigation: An interview with the Seattle Police Department

Homicide detectives do not speak publicly or to the media about active investigations. For the department, it protects the integrity of the investigation and any future criminal prosecution; it is a policy they will not budge from. Nevertheless, the Seattle Police Department has always had a unique relationship, seen and unseen, to the case of Tyrone Love. It is an unwavering commitment displayed publicly and behind closed doors to find his killer, and support community in the process.  Sharing his personal recollection, Sergeant Sean Whitcomb of the Seattle Police Department sits for a candid interview about the active investigation into the murder of Tyrone Love. Download part 2 here


Part 3: A community commitment to justice

The story of Tyrone Love is not about police misconduct or police brutality. It is not about reforms or failures, institutionalized racism, disproportionality in arrests, convictions and penalties. It isn’t about restorative justice or a new, radical approach to policing. And

the silent war

photo courtesy The Silent War Campaign

yet, all of these social issues intersect with the murder of Tyrone, in a case where the Seattle Police Department has and continues to work above par to solve the crime.

Add to that historic distrust of the police in the black community, glorified, so called no chill culture and worst of all, the no snitch code and we have a case that, despite the work of the Department and the community, goes unsolved.

In this segment we return to our discussion with Chukundi Salisbury of SeaSpot Media and the Silent War campaign. We also hear again from Sergeant Sean Whitcomb of the Seattle Police Department. They each recount the partnership between the Department, the Silent War campaign, and Seattle’s black community in response to Tyrone’s murder.

Both speak candidly to the related social and systemic issues, and their impact on Tyrone’s case.

Download part 3 here


Part 4: The Rumor

With every unsolved case there are rumors. But sometimes rumors cross over into the realm of theory; both, it turns out, can impact an investigation, and whether police get the help they need from people in the community. Over the years, one rumor, or theory, has surfaced, each time a bit different than the previous. Chukundi Salisbury explains that he too heard it recently and lays it out. Sergeant Whitcomb and the Seattle Police Department definitively respond. Download part 4 here

Special thanks to Chukundi Salisbury of SeaSpot  Media and the Silent War Campaign,

and

Sergeant Sean Whitcomb and the Seattle Police Department

for their cooperation and participation in this series. 

Bonus material and excerpts

Producer Q & A with Sakara Remmu

Excerpt of interview with Chukunki Salisbury

Excerpt from interview with Sergeant Whitcomb

 

 


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