By Sarah Jarvis [The Seattle Times]
State Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos said members of the Chinatown International District community are upset over the lack of information they’ve been given about the progress of the case.
State Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos is holding a community meeting Thursday to update the Chinatown International District community on the investigation into the slaying of Donnie Chin.
Chin, the founder and director of the International District Emergency Center (IDEC), was shot and killed in the early morning of July 23, 2015, while he was driving to a report of gunfire near Eighth Avenue South and South Weller Street.
Police do not believe he was the intended target and may have been caught in the crossfire between two rival groups.
Police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said this week there is no new information on the investigation, but the meeting will be an opportunity for the community to hear from Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole.
Chin, 59, was known as the unofficial security force of the Chinatown International District.
He founded the IDEC in 1968 because police and fire were slow to respond, according to his obituary. He worked as a first-responder and community patrolman until his death, often checking up on children and older members in the community.
Santos, D-Seattle, said residents of the area have been upset with the way the case has been handled and police interactions with the community.
“Donnie was one of our sons; he was our brother,” Santos said. “The loss of Donnie was a loss that reverberated through generations, through different ethnic communities, and certainly throughout the neighborhood.”
The meeting will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Nagomi Tea House, 519 Sixth Ave. S.