Burien Mayor Jimmy Matta said the city is requesting additional support for its after-school and late-night programs for children following the fatal shooting of a teenage girl and a young woman Wednesday night.
“We will not tolerate this type of violence,” Jimmy Matta said in a news release. “We don’t want to bury any more children.”
The news release did not specify the type of support being sought for the youth programs offered at the Burien Community Center and at elementary, middle and high schools in the city. But Matta noted the city is pushing for a quick response to the shootings by its community partners, the Highline School District and law enforcement.
Matta said the city also is trying to enhance “inroads into our community” as it selects a new police chief.
Eveona Cortez, 19, of Seattle, and a younger, unidentified girl were killed Wednesday at the sprawling Alturas @ Burien apartment complex in a shooting King County sheriff’s detectives believe to be gang-related. Her name was released Friday by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office, which said she died from multiple gunshot wounds.
The unidentified victim was 13 or 14 and a student at Sylvester Middle School in Highline Public Schools. Students at the school held a memorial on Friday in her honor.
As of Friday, there had not been an arrest.
The King County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that the shooting occurred after an altercation near one of the parking lots at the apartment complex, in the 13900 block of Ambaum Boulevard Southwest.
“The suspect, or suspects, ran to a car and left the scene,” said Sgt. Ryan Abbott, who did not provide a suspect description.
The sheriff’s office, which provides police services for Burien under contract, released no new information on Friday.
The father of Eveona Cortez said she had planned to move back to Vancouver, Washington, to live with her family.
She had just visited them last week before returning to Seattle, where she spent her childhood before her father moved the family south in 2014. At 16, she dropped out of school and moved in with her maternal grandmother in West Seattle, Ruben Cortez told The Seattle Times.
“She was just down here visiting me for a couple weeks, and we sent her back up on Saturday,” he said. “She was just supposed to get a couple things in order and come back to Vancouver. She wanted to get out of all the things up there.”
Counting Wednesday’s double homicide, four people ages 19 or younger have been killed in shootings at the apartment complex since January 2016. The earlier shootings also are believed to be gang-related.
“Our thoughts are with the families of these two young people,” City Manager Brian Wilson said in the news release. “If anyone has any information to share, please come forward. Law enforcement will not ask your immigration status.”
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call 911, or call the non-emergency line at 206-296-3111. Information also can be reported at www.crimestoppers.com.