In a sad story that's becoming too familiar, a 26-year-old concert promoter named Tyrone Love was shot and killed this morning after leaving a President's Day party that he was hosting on behalf of his promotions company, Vibrant Entertainment 206. The story first broke on the Seattle Times website--and afterward--a slew of inflammatory comments registered to the site alleging that the shooting was gang-related. That's something that makes Love's close friend, and business partner, Jamar Jones, upset as he is adamant that Love was a non-violent person who wasn't gang-affiliated.
"He wasn't involved in a gang, he was a part of a youth non violence project. I don't even know why that keeps getting brought up. He was a mentor to kids and they looked up to him. He'd never even been arrested."
As for what type of party Vibrant Entertainment 206 were promoting last night:
"It was a classy party. No tennis shoes allowed, a Red and Black President's Day party... It was slow, we lost money last night. I'd say it was maybe 50 people there," Jones says.
Because rumors are already circulating that this was hip-hop related, Jones is quick to mention it wasn't mostly neo-soul music and R&B played last night and not really a hip-hop party at all. He also says it was mostly women in attendance and there were no arguments, fights, or harsh words mentioned in his presence throughout the night. According to everyone that Jonest has spoken to, the shooting is a mystery.
"It might have been mistaken identity or something because it definitely wasn't an accident."
Jones, who started Vibrant Entertainment 206 three years ago alongside Love and another business partner, says that Love grew up in the Central District and attended Garfield High School. He graduated in 2000. He was in charge of planning his class' 10 year high school reunion.
If anyone has more info on the shooting, friends and family of Love urging the community to call the police hotline at 206 684 5567. The detective working the case is Russ Weklych.