SEATTLE -- I was honored to emcee the Desmond Jackson Memorial Scholarship Dinner and Fundraiser on Saturday night, November 15th. Jackson was 22 years old when he was shot and killed outside a nightclub in the SODO area back in 2012. His murder is still unsolved. He would have turned 25 years old this week.
His family couldn't be more proud of the scholarship named in his honor. “We love Desmond,” says Jackson’s aunt, Gazelle Williams. “He was full of life and we want to remember him that way, so we have this event to raise money and make it possible for someone to go to school with less stress, and that's what we would have done for Desmond." The award named in Jackson's honor recognizes people who are committed to community service. Seattle police Asst. Chief Nick Metz received one for his work in the community. Seattle Times crime reporter Sara Jean Green also received an award for her coverage of Jackson's murder and the ‘Who Killed Me’ campaign that Washington's Most Wanted and Seattle police began last year. If you know anything that can help solve Desmond’s murder, call: SEATTLE POLICE HOMICIDE HOTLINE: 206-233-5000 --OR— Call an anonymous tip into: CRIME STOPPERS: 1-800-222-TIPS You must call the crime stoppers hotline with your tip to be eligible to receive a cash reward for information leading to a fugitive’s arrest. Click here for information on how to text a tip to Crime Stoppers.