Authorities have in custody a 55-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman who they believe are linked to the slaying last month, according to the Seattle Police Department.
Seattle police arrested a man and a woman Friday in connection with last month’s shooting in Belltown that killed Brent McDonald, a beloved art teacher.
Police have in custody a 55-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman who they believe are linked to McDonald’s slayingin the 2100 block of Third Avenue, according to Seattle Police Department.
Authorities on Friday were questioning the pair and were planning to book the woman on suspicion of rendering criminal assistance and the man on suspicion of murder into the King County Jail, police said.
Police arrested the pair at 2:10 p.m. at Third Avenue and Virginia Street, about a block from where McDonald was found on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound to his torso around 3 a.m. Dec. 13. It’s unclear what led investigators to that location on Friday.
Seattle police ask anyone with information on the homicide to call 206-233-5000. The case remains under investigation.
The arrests come four days after police released a sketch of a man suspected of killing McDonald and weeks after they presented surveillance footage identifying a man and a woman as possible suspects. The clip also showed a light-colored station wagon, possibly a Mercedes-Benz.
It’s unclear if the two people in the video clips are the ones police arrested, according to a Seattle police spokesman. He said investigators are still considering the vehicle as part of the homicide investigation.
Friends of McDonald described him as a gentle man with quiet strength. He taught art and woodworking to low-income and immigrant middle-school children and died hours before he was scheduled to teach a course at Coyote Central, a nonprofit in the Central District.
By 5:45 p.m. Friday, a GoFundMe page to help McDonald’s family pay for expenses including his memorial service, which is scheduled for Sunday, surpassed its $31,000 goal by more than $3,400 in donations, the page says.
The public is invited to attend a reception around 3:30 p.m. following the service at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, the fundraising page says.