A 16-year-old Seattle girl has been charged with first-degree murder, accused of fatally shooting a 21-year-old man while seated in his car in February. Police say she posted photos of herself posing with the weapon on Facebook.
Seattle police say a 16-year-old girl posted photos of herself on Facebook posing with a 9 mm handgun she used to “coldly” kill a man in his car in the Rainier Valley.
Maryanne Marie Atkins has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 21-year-old Emmanuel Gondo on Feb. 23, according to King County prosecutors.
Atkins, who had outstanding warrants and had repeatedly run away from foster placement, apparently killed Gondo after deciding to rob him, charging papers say. She is being held in the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent in lieu of $1 million bail.
Evidence in the case suggests “the defendant coldly shot a man in the head while he was seated in his car and then robbed him of his money and cellphone,” Senior Deputy Prosecutor Jessica Berliner wrote in charging papers. “She also appears to have taken the firearm she used to kill him and kept it for the following two months. A review of her Facebook messages in the weeks after the murder reflect no concern or remorse for her actions.”
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After Gondo failed to pick up his girlfriend from work on Feb. 23 and didn’t respond to phone calls, the woman and her two siblings went looking for him. They found Gondo slumped over the steering wheel of his black Jaguar just before 3 p.m. the next day, near 33rd Avenue South and South Holly Street, say the charges.
Gondo’s brother told detectives that a few days before the shooting a friend had introduced him and his brother to a girl, according to charging documents. That girl brought a friend — Atkins — over to the brother’s apartment on Feb. 22, and the group hung out together that night, say the charges.
The following evening, Feb. 23, the brothers and the two girls were together in Gondo’s car. After Gondo dropped off the other girl and his brother, he was alone with Atkins, charging papers say. He made his last phone call at 10:48 p.m., say the charges.
The brother told detectives Gondo regularly carried large sums of cash and had $3,000 in $100 bills on him the first night the group had hung out together.
According to the charges, Atkins sent Facebook messages before the shooting, indicating Gondo was “a fat … lick for racks thang and car” — street slang for a robbery (‘lick”) of money (“racks”) and a gun (“thang”). In messages sent after the shooting, Atkins suggested to one friend that what she had done would make the news, say the charges.
On Feb. 27, Atkins posted a photo of herself on Facebook, pointing a gun at the camera, the charges say.
Following Atkins’ arrest last week at a house in Federal Way, police searched the residence and found a 9 mm Smith & Wesson handgun with a wood grip in the room where Atkins had been staying, according to the charges. The gun belonged to Gondo, police say.