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Suspect charged in shooting of beloved local business owner
On Monday, October 24, King County prosecutors charged Ashton Christopher Reefall with first-degree murder, robbery, and assault in connection with multiple shootings and the death of one person. These include the pre-planned first-degree murder of D’Vonne Pickett Jr., the beloved Central District small business owner who opened The Postman in 2018, and the first-degree assault. and 1st-degree robbery of small business owner Mamadou Diahate. Injured and hospitalized, Diahate is the owner of an international gift shop, Baor African His Import, where he is now admitted to ICU.
of emerald Find out more about Pickett Jr. and Dirkate’s contribution to the city and its community.
Those wishing to help can donate to the GoFundMe medical recovery campaign launched by the Rainier Ave Business Coalition (RainierABC) on behalf of Diakhate’s family.
The suspect, Lefall, is currently charged with:
- first degree murder
- 3 Counts of Assault in First Degree
- first class robbery
- second degree illegal possession of a firearm
- Illegal possession of a handgun
“Police said Lefall was a suspect in multiple shootings on Monday and Tuesday, October 17 and 18, leading to the killings in MLK and Union on Wednesday night, according to court documents. It is reported that capitol hill seattle blog“The incident began with a robbery and shooting, in which a man was seriously injured on Rainier Avenue. A series of seemingly random victims were involved in a car as the suspect was driving through the city, police said. It involved a shooting … Relatives called 911 to report that the family was suffering from a “psychotic” episode that day, according to police, and that they “may be traveling in Seattle shooting people.” He said he made a phone call.
Lefall will next appear in court for his arraignment and the first petition will be filed. His arraignment is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on November 7 in his E1201A room in the King County Courthouse.
Seattle Forest Week runs through October 29th and ends with Green Seattle Day.
Many programs during the annual Seattle Forest Week teach attendees and community members about the importance of healthy urban forests, native plants, and more. All events are free. Some require RSVP.
Here’s the rest of the programming:
- Thursday, October 27, 6:00-7:30 pm
Western Red Cedar with Valerie Segresto and Seward Park Audubon
Joining Muckleshoot Tribe member Valerie Segrest for a presentation centered around the story, uses and powerful teachings of the majestic Western Red Cedar.
- Friday, October 28, 12:00-1:00 PM
Urban Forests: A National Perspective on the Management and Care of Urban Natural Areas
Includes an overview of resources that link rural forest practices to urban settings, provide tools for evaluating, advocating, and managing urban natural areas, and provide information for urban heat mitigation .
- Saturday, October 29th
Green Seattle Day and Green Seattle Partnership
Become one of hundreds of volunteers around the city planting the native trees, shrubs and groundcovers that will become Seattle’s future forest. All ages and abilities are welcome. Pre-register for one of 16 park sites!
- Saturday, October 29, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Green Seattle Day by Tilth Alliance
Join Tilth Alliance for Green Seattle Day at Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands. Enjoy wetland scavenger hunts, planting, food from community kitchens, food waste prevention information, and cider pressing. RSVP is not required.
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