The Victims

Melissa Lynn Moore, 14

Moore was a ninth-grader at Columbia Junior High in Fife. Principal Jeff Nelson sent home a letter with students this week stating, "It is difficult to accept the unexpected loss of such a young person." Her family has described her as sweet and generous. Her rave name was reportedly Chinadoll. She loved music, traveling, local sports teams, and Disney World. Her father dropped her off with friends in Pierce County the night of the rave, and he suspects she was waiting for a ride home when she was killed.

Suzanne Thorne, 15

A young woman who sought peace and love in her life, Thorne sported a Mohawk, played the guitar, and wrote music and poetry. She was homeschooled most recently, but previously attended Enatai Elementary and Robinswood Middle School, an alternative school, in Bellevue. Family members have said she adopted animals such as turtles and snakes and was inspired by Gandhi and the Dalai Lama. (Photo: Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Christopher Williamson, 21

A disc jockey known as Deacon in the club scene, Williamson spent his time volunteering at church and doing summer missionary work in Mexico and Eastern Washington while growing up. Friends and family reportedly say his life got temporarily derailed by overuse of alcohol and drugs, but more recently he was in a transition period after completing a rehab program. He lived in Northeast Seattle.

Justin "Sushi" Schwartz, 22

Schwartz was part of a large extended local family, which he was adopted into after being born in Alaska. He was known to love music and dancing, and he attended his first rave last fall. A graduate of Missouri Military Academy, Schwartz served in the Navy, stationed in Japan. He was doing odd jobs in Seattle at the time of his death.

Jeremy Martin, 26

Martin lived in the house on East Republican Street where he was gunned down. After graduating from Mount Vernon High School, he eventually moved to Seattle, where he worked for the Capitol Hill food cooperative Madison Market (as did victim Jason Travers). His passions included music and making beer. He also worked as a wine salesman. Friends and family have described him as creative, curious, and funny.

Jason Travers, 32

Travers worked as a clerk at Madison Market — along with Martin — for the past six years. He was born and raised in Albany, N.Y., and his family has described him as a man who cared deeply about others. He attended community college and then jumped across the nation, from Michigan to Colorado, before landing in Seattle, where his vegan lifestyle seemed to fit.

 

Compiled by Sara Niegowski from local news reports

 
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