City of Burien responds to death of teens killed in Burien Wednesday night


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Late Wednesday night (March 28, 2018), two young women were tragically killed in a gang-related shooting in the 13700 block of Ambaum Blvd SW (read our previous coverage here).

“Our thoughts are with the families of these two young people,” City Manager Brian Wilson said. “If anyone has any information to share, please come forward. Law enforcement will not ask your immigration status.”

“We will not tolerate this type of violence,” Burien Mayor Jimmy Matta added. “We don’t want to bury any more children.”

The City is supporting the immediate response, which is a combination of community partners, the school district, and law enforcement.

The City also announced that it has requested additional support for upcoming afterschool and late night programs, at least for this week. The City’s teen and youth programs offer positive and safe places for kids both at the Burien Community Center and onsite at elementary, middle, and high schools throughout Burien. The City’s Human Services Fund offers support to programs in our community that are doing work to prevent violence.

The City is also trying to enhance inroads into our community as part of the new police chief selection process.

“We are saddened by this terrible loss,” City Manager Wilson said. “We want to bring all the resources, both locally and from the region, to help prevent another child’s death.”

Here’s raw footage from our live Facebook video shot outside Burien Precinct 4 late Thursday afternoon, which includes an interview with Sgt. Ryan Abbott of the King County Sheriff’s Office, as well as Mayor Jimmy Matta and City Manager Brian Wilson:

If you have any information about the crime, please call 911, or contact the non-emergency line at 206-296-3111. You can also report information at www.crimestoppers.com.

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