Community mourns death of 29-year-old man killed in SeaTac shooting

Dozens of members of the Eritrean community gathered in Seattle on Sunday to mourn the loss of a member of their community killed in a shooting.

Three days earlier, on Friday July 5th around 5:30 p.m. at Valley Ridge Park in Seatac, King County Sheriff’s Officials say a 29-year-old man was shot and killed.

Members of the Eritrean community say it was Zula Mehari.

The King County Sheriff's Office arrested a 26-year-old man and booked him into jail for investigation of murder. Investigators did not identify the suspect.

A tight community

“He was trying to change his life here in Seattle; he was working two jobs,” said Amenay Haileslassie.

Haileslassie knew Mehari. He said he moved to the area about eight months ago.

Haileslassie says Mehari was playing soccer Friday at the park when he was killed.

“This thing that is happening here is really horrific and sad to all of us,” he said.

Haileslassie says Mehari has no family in the country; the Eritrean community is working to raise funds for his funeral.