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November 28, 12:08 PM click here to comment > 7

On Danny Vega’s passing

Yesterday, I learned that Danny Vega, a beloved member of Seattle’s Filipino Community and business owner in the Rainier Valley, died from injuries sustained during an attack on the evening of November 15.

Danny was well known for his service to the community. He was a regular volunteer at the Filipino Community Center, most recently helping with the 76th Anniversary of the Filipino Community in Seattle event on November 5. At his salon, he was known for his creative styles and his friendly manner. He was active in Seattle’s LGBT community, including his participation in the Miss FCS Gay and Miss Asian Gay pageants.

Danny Vega was going for a walk in his neighborhood when he was attacked by three African-American males who were approximately 18 years old. The suspects stole several items and then fled the area, according to evidence gathered by our police department. Mr. Vega was able to walk home and call police. Our fire department also responded, transporting him to Harborview Medical Center with life threatening injuries. Mr. Vega soon slipped into a coma. He died of his injuries yesterday.

Our police department’s Homicide and Assault Unit are actively investigating this crime. Some have suggested that Mr. Vega’s killers targeted him because he was an openly gay man. The police department is fully investigating this possibility.  Anyone with any information about Mr. Vega’s killers should call police at 206-233-5000. Anonymous calls are welcome. My condolences go to his family, his friends, and those in the community who knew him.

Posted by: Mayor Mike McGinn


Comment from Scott
Time November 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm

This was such a senseless crime, my condolences go out to his entire family.

Comment from Sluggo Rigor
Time November 28, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Thank you for your expression of concern, Mr. Mayor. Danny was a friend to everyone in our community.

Comment from RR
Time November 30, 2011 at 11:00 am

My heart goes out to the Vega family and all those who touched by this horrific crime.

As an openly gay woman who moved from Capitol Hill to the neighborhood with her partner and rides light rail from Othello these are the sort of events that very well could keep a number of potential neighbors (regardless of their sexual identity) from investing in the south end – which would really be a shame.

Comment from Barb
Time December 1, 2011 at 11:51 am

Such a senseless act. What is wrong with these kids/adults? Is life really nothing to them that they could do this to another person. What kind of parents raised them?! My condolences to the family.

Comment from Miranda Taylor
Time December 2, 2011 at 5:39 am

I was introduced to Danny last year in the line of my community work. He left a warm impression, and made me feel like the world was a good, safe place. The world, and our warm south end has not changed but for one bright light. Let us all shine brighter in Danny’s memory. Justice, please do your best work. Also, may more of us work gently to heal the anger in our youth, give them positive work in the world, and prevent further senselessness.

Comment from Winston
Time December 2, 2011 at 2:45 pm

The brutality and savageness of this crime is so disturbing, particularly when we have read of similar attacks perpetrated by young adults in the recent past.

We’ve lost the hearts and souls of our young people. Their lack of concern and compassion for fellow human beings leaves me saddened. How could anyone do something so cruel and not feel remorse?

I hope they find these animals and put them in prison for the rest of their lives. May they never know what it feels like to be free. I hope their lives are taken away just as Danny’s was.

My prayers and condolences go out to the Vega family.

Comment from Craig S Phillips
Time December 10, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Its hard to express concern here since such an act of violence has, at present, gone unresolved. An example needs to be made of these criminals or else how can any of us feel safe anymore. A true peace-maker has been lost.