Thursday, September 07, 2017

Chief Sealth Student Stabbed to Death the Day Before School Started

In tragic news, a soon-to-be Chief Sealth sophomore, Derek Juarez-Lopez, was stabbed as he made his way thru a park in West Seattle.  He phoned his sister, saying he had been "jumped" and begged her to come and get him.  By the time she got there, he had been taken to the hospital where his family was able to say their goodbyes before he passed away.


His mother said he was not part of a gang and had never been in trouble.  His backpack was taken.

From City Council Member Lisa Herbold:
Times like this it's so hard to find the right words. 

For a family, this is a tragic loss of a beloved child as well as a loss of a friend, student, and poet cherished by an entire community. 

I am so saddened and angered that Derek's life has been taken. The words from his call for help as reported by the Times are heartbreaking. "‘I just got jumped...they stabbed me, I’m bleeding. Can you please come get me?’ ” 

Thank you to the woman near Sixth SW and SW Cambridge for calling 911.

Please help out if you are able: https://www.gofundme.com/derekjuarezlopezfund

3 comments:

Jet City mom said...

This breaks my heart. He sounds like a good kid with a supportive family.
I pray that they have some leads.

Disgusted said...

Seattle is heading down the drain.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone heard if they caught the attacker?

HP