Two Gay Men Murdered, Allegedly Targeted Via Gay Mobile Hookup App
KIRO 7 reports that according to court documents released on Wednesday:
Ali Muhammad Brown, 30, was charged with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder – a crime that could come with the death penalty if convicted.
Ahmed Said, 27, and Dwone Anderson-Young, 23, were killed early on the morning of June 1 near 29th Avenue South and South King Street.
“It is evident that the murders were premeditated and unprovoked and part of a common scheme or plan,” Senior Deputy Prosecutor Wyman Yip wrote in charging documents. “The evidence from the crime scene, Said’s vehicle, and the autopsies suggest that the victims were essentially executed.”
Both victims were shot in the head and there was no evidence or a struggle that preceded the killings. Yip said there was no evidence that the killings were motivated by a robbery, drugs or another crime. The shooting deaths happened about 2:20 a.m. -- less than 17 minutes after two witnesses saw Brown leave with the victim in Said’s car.
According to witnesses:
The victims had been with friends at R Place, a gay nightclub at Boylston Avenue and East Pine Street on Capitol Hill. Said told the group he was meeting a “friend” outside the club when they left. One of Said’s friends had the feeling that Said hadn’t met the “friend” before.
While Said was at R Place, he was constantly on his phone and appeared to be texting on an app like Grindr or Jack’d – mobile apps used by gay men to meet others.
The group left the bar at closing time and crossed Boylston Avenue to meet with Said’s friend, but the man looked unfriendly and out of place. One of the friends in the group later told police he was “creeped out” by the man who was later identified as Brown.
Said's car was later found with an "exorbitant" amount of blood on the passenger side seat. 9 mm shell casings that matched those found at the crime scene were also found in the car along with Brown's palm print on the interior rear driver's side window.
Brown’s mother told police that she had purchased a 9 mm semiautomatic pistol and that it was missing.
Police suspect that Brown may be in New Jersey, where he has ties, and where he is also wanted for a robbery this past Sunday.
Truly scary stuff.