Sign found at slain father's memorial. Photo via Central District New
On Thursday, Justin Ferrari was driving family members to a Memorial Day weekend getaway when he drove the minivan by a violent dispute in the Central District of Seattle. At the time Ferrari drove past, a black male suspect in his 20′s was verbally arguing with a group of people on the street.
KING 5 in Seattle reports that the suspect began shooting at the group and Ferrari was struck by a stray bullet. The 42-year-old Seattle father died at the scene. Ferrari’s parents and his 4-year-old and 7-year-old children were in the minivan at the time and witnessed his murder. Neither the parents nor the children were harmed.
The community has been greatly moved by the tragedy. Flowers have amassed at the site in a memorial. Seattle Mayor McGinn has also paid a visit. Community members participated in a vigil on Saturday afternoon.
A KING 5 reporter noticed a note in a neighborhood window reading, “Hugging our daughter extra tight tonight, this neighborhood is better and stronger than this.”
Ferrari worked for Zillow.com after a stint at Microsoft. He was known as a mentor and coached a water polo team for high school students. The father was also known for his great love for his family.
Gregg Small, a family friend, told KIROTV in Seattle, “(He was a) great father, great family man. And they’re a wonderful family. Great loss for the community.”
The suspect fled from the scene on foot and currently remains at large. Central District News in Seattle reports that the police detectives are actively working with area business owners and surveillance videos to help identify the suspect.
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