$5,000 Offered For Info Leading To Arrest & Conviction In Goodtime Ernie's Killing
Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer
It must’ve been the absolute toughest Christmas ever for the Ebinger family of Burien, as they had to celebrate without their son Mark, 25, who was fatally stabbed outside Goodtime Ernie’s Nov. 12th.
On Monday (Dec. 28th), the family held a press conference at the King County Sheriff’s office in downtown Seattle, where they offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) in the fatal stabbing.
Acting Public Information Officer Jim Laing spoke, along with Mark’s brother Peter (who was also stabbed), 24, as his distraught parents, sister and girlfriend sat nearby, solemnly holding back tears; here’s the raw MP3 of the conference:
Peter recalled the attack, saying that a “few words were spoken to someone who was with us in the bar, and I told Mark we should leave…and as we left a group of guys came out the other door, a bottle was thrown at us, then they came at us with knives.”
“I was just scared, and was trying to get away,” Peter said. He also added that Mark was “kind of far away” from him in the parking lot at the time of the attack.
Peter also added that “someone else had words with one of the guys in the other group…” and he had no idea what was said, but is certain that the attacker(s) were in that group.
Once outside, “one guy came up in my face and tried to take a swing at me and another guy hit me from behind,” Peter continued. “I got stabbed probably six or seven times in the back…”
Peter said he’s “not planning on going back” to Goodtime Ernie’s anytime soon, “and no one I know is going back…”
Despite numerous rumors, there is no definite word on whether the attackers are part of a gang.
“We’re all very upset and angry, and well, you can imagine…”
Mark worked at a printing press and mostly did manual labor.
Regarding Mark’s death, Peter said: “It happened real fast and he didn’t feel much pain…”
The investigation is still ongoing.
“We know that someone out there knows something, saw something, or has heard something,” said Jim Laing. “…and that information might seem insignificant to them but it could be the information that cracks this case and we’re appealing to anyone who has any information to come forward.”
Laing continued: “No homicide case is ever closed until it’s closed, and this will remain open until it’s solved.”
If anyone has any information on this case, they should call the King County Sheriff’s Office at (206) 296-3311 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-274-6313.
$4,000 of the reward money comes from the Ebinger family, and $1,000 from Crimestoppers.
Here’s a video report on this case from KING-TV:
Read our previous coverage of this tragic incident here.