He was larger than life, but down to earth too, his widow Kimberly said
"He lived his life making sure every day counted, making sure he cared for people. He was just a caring, fun humorous guy,” Victim’s widow Kimberly Peterson said.
When David Peterson was gunned down last Sunday night, his wife Kimberly lost the love of her life and a big part of herself as well.
"David was my everything. He took care of me. I knew I could count of him. He was mister Steady Eddie, always there,” Peterson said.
Peterson was out for his regular powerwalk.
Investigators say he called 911, saying he was being robbed.
Witnesses heard a gunshot and Peterson was found dead lying in a pool of blood.
When he didn't return home Kimberly got worried.
"I stayed up and stayed up and I knew something was wrong. Something in my heart told me something was wrong,” Peterson said.
First she called 911 then the morgue, where she learned someone fitting David's description had just been brought in.
Then she read a story on the Seattle Police Website about a deadly mugging in her neighborhood.
"There was a man in his 50s who was involved in a strong arm robbery and he was shot and killed and I knew at that time it had to be him,” Peterson said.
Yesterday David Peterson was laid to rest at the Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park in north Seattle.
There was a 21 gun salute and full military honors.
Shortly after the funeral, Kimberly learned that her husband's alleged killer, Ballard High School student, Byron White, was arrested at SeaTac Airport.
Police say he was trying to leave the state.
Kimberly says White's two alleged accomplices rolled over and told investigators white was the trigger man.
"I feel heartbroken for his family. I've known now for a week and now his mother and his family is just finding out about this. I'm sure they are heartbroken themselves,” Peterson said.
Feelings of compassion only a mother could appreciate; worried, more about others, than herself and her compassion doesn't stop there because she knows it cannot.
"God tells us you have to forgive others who do wrong to you. I forgive him. I forgive him,” Peterson said.