By Michelle Garcia
Originally published on Advocate.com June 06 2014 3:37 PM ET
A man is on the run after being identified as a suspect in the killing of two gay men over the weekend in Seattle.
Ali Muhammed Brown, possibly a transient, is believed to be armed and dangerous, according to TV station KIRO, and is a suspect in the deaths of gay men Ahmed Said, 27, and Dwone Anderson-Young, 23. The two were coming home from a club early Sunday morning when they were gunned down in the Leschi neighborhood, half a block from Anderson-Young's home, according to another outlet, KING.
KOMO reports that the motive for the shooting is still being investigated, and authorities have not ruled out the possibility that this was a hate crime.
Initially, 26-year-old Matalepuna Malu was linked to the homicides, and he was arrested when he turned himself in to Seattle police on Sunday. However, he was not charged with the murders. Instead, Malu, who has a record of violent crime, is being held by authorities in regard to an unrelated second-degree assault case.
Anderson-Young, the great-grandson of jazz singer Ernestine Anderson, had just graduated from the University of Washington and was supposed to begin a job at Microsoft the following week as a data analyst. Of Said, a friend said he was "just a good guy" who "always put a smile on my face, and he always touched everyone around him." He worked two jobs and was the oldest son in a Somali family.