Seattle shooting victim's mother touched by mayor's speech



Posted on June 25, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 25 at 7:24 PM

SEATTLE -- During his public safety address to the city council, Mayor Ed Murray spoke at length about Dwone Anderson-Young, a 23-year-old man who was one of the men gunned down in a double homicide in Seattle's Central District.

And although the mayor never mentioned him by name, the speech hit home with Anderson-Young's mother.

In the three weeks since she lost her son, Falana Young Wyatt has been amazed by how many people have reached out to her. But one of the biggest supporters, she says, has been Mayor Murray.

He didn't just talk about her son in his speech Wednesday, but held up the 23-year-old UW graduate as the example of how gun violence affects the entire city.

"His last post, posted on May 30, 2014, said 'the future is always with you,'" the mayor said about Anderson-Young. "This is someone Seattle nurtured."

"I'm honored that he read my son's obituary," said Dwone's mother. "That meant so much to me."

Young Wyatt said the mayor had invited her to attend his speech in person, but "it was too soon" after her son's funeral. Her emotions were still too raw.

But she watched the speech live online from her living room.

In the days of political posturing, this mom said the mayor's gesture felt genuine, that the loss of a young life she nurtured for 23 years isn't lost on the mayor or the city.

"I never thought I'd receive this support from the community," said Young Wyatt. "There are homicides every day. Just to know my son's life, his legacy, that they cared."

Police are still looking the suspect in the double homicide that happened at King Street and South 29th the early morning of June 1. The suspect's name is Ali Muhammed Brown.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact Seattle police.