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Seattle Police vow to find killer in South Park stabbing

Posted in editorial work, news, Washington by bermanphotos on July 24, 2009

On Monday I photographed a community meeting in the south Seattle neighborhood of South Park, where community leaders, residents, and the media met with police and city officials. The gymnasium at the South Park Community Center quickly filled up, and after brief speeches by both Seattle mayor Greg Nickels and high-ranking police officials, the microphone was opened to the public. Concerned residents spoke of fearing for their safety after dark due to lack of suitable street lighting.

They said South Park had a lot of drug problems, small crime problems — but not this: a brutal home invasion that left a woman dead and her partner lucky to be alive. The crime scarred the community and you could see that reflected in the faces of all present.

Seattle Police Department Southwest Precinct officers listen during a public meeting to discuss the stabbing of an area resident and crime in the area, at the South Park Community Center in Seattle Monday July 20, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Seattle Police Department Southwest Precinct officers listen during a public meeting to discuss the stabbing of an area resident and crime in the area, at the South Park Community Center in Seattle Monday July 20, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Barbara Apodaca, who has lived in the area almost eight years, listens during a public meeting to discuss the stabbing of an area resident and crime in the area, at the South Park Community Center in Seattle Monday July 20, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Barbara Apodaca, who has lived in the area almost eight years, listens during a public meeting to discuss the stabbing of an area resident and crime in the area, at the South Park Community Center in Seattle Monday July 20, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Kajia Jacob, who has lived in South Park for two years, asks if police dispatch service can be improved in the area, during a public meeting to discuss the stabbing of an area resident and crime in the area, at the South Park Community Center in Seattle Monday July 20, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Kajia Jacob, who has lived in South Park for two years, asks if police dispatch service can be improved in the area, during a public meeting to discuss the stabbing of an area resident and crime in the area, at the South Park Community Center in Seattle Monday July 20, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels discusses reorganizing police forces in the South Park area during a public meeting to discuss the stabbing of an area resident and crime in the area, at the South Park Community Center in Seattle Monday July 20, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels discusses reorganizing police forces in the South Park area during a public meeting to discuss the stabbing of an area resident and crime in the area, at the South Park Community Center in Seattle Monday July 20, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Debbie Carlin asks those present why "we are being lied to", referring to the reassignment of a well-liked community resource officer in the South Park area, during a public meeting to discuss the stabbing of an area resident, at the South Park Community Center in Seattle Monday July 20, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com
South Park residents listen during public meeting to discuss the stabbing of an area resident and crime in the area, at the South Park Community Center in Seattle Monday July 20, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

South Park residents listen during public meeting to discuss the stabbing of an area resident and crime in the area, at the South Park Community Center in Seattle Monday July 20, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Carlos Garza of the youth group Another Way Out, asks Mayor Greg Nickels if the area can gain more night lighting and even surveillance cameras, during a public meeting to discuss the stabbing of an area resident and crime in the area, at the South Park Community Center in Seattle Monday July 20, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Carlos Garza of the youth group Another Way Out, asks Mayor Greg Nickels if the area can gain more night lighting and even surveillance cameras, during a public meeting to discuss the stabbing of an area resident and crime in the area, at the South Park Community Center in Seattle Monday July 20, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

King County Sheriff's Captain Patrick Butschli, left, and South Park resident of 20 years Jesus Rodriguez listen during a public meeting to discuss the stabbing of an area resident and crime in the area, at the South Park Community Center in Seattle Monday July 20, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

King County Sheriff's Captain Patrick Butschli, left, and South Park resident of 20 years Jesus Rodriguez listen during a public meeting to discuss the stabbing of an area resident and crime in the area, at the South Park Community Center in Seattle Monday July 20, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Seattle Police Department Southwest precinct captain John Kessler speaks with the public after the meeting. Said Kessler, "we are going to stay here all night if we have to, so everyone feels like we are listening."
Beth Yockey-Jones, left, gets a hug from Jane Hudson, who both lived next door to the victim, before a public meeting to discuss the stabbing of an area resident and crime in the area, at the South Park Community Center in Seattle Monday July 20, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Beth Yockey-Jones, left, gets a hug from Jane Hudson, who both lived next door to the victim, before a public meeting to discuss the stabbing of an area resident and crime in the area, at the South Park Community Center in Seattle Monday July 20, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

This was a difficult event to cover. Sensitivity is key. Quietness and deference are essential. As I was shooting and even on the drive home, I could not stop thinking, this may only be an assignment for me — but this is a way of life for them.

Daniel

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