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May 30, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Canceled: Terry McDermott appearance at Town Hall

Former Seattle Times reporter Terry McDermott was scheduled to speak at Town Hall Wednesday night about his book, “The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.” But that was before a woman was shot to death this morning in a parking lot near Town Hall.

The event has been canceled, and Town Hall is promising that ticketholders will be issued refunds through Brown Paper Tickets. The talk may be rescheduled in the future.

A statement on Town Hall’s website reads:

We here at Town Hall Seattle are deeply shaken and disturbed by the chilling events that transpired in our neighborhood and at Café Racer earlier today. We want to assure our friends and neighbors that all of the Town Hall staff are safe, although deeply traumatized by the violence that occurred in the parking lot adjacent to our building. Contrary to many reports the incident did not occur at Town Hall but understandably close enough for our building to be used as a point of reference. Seattle’s recent rash of violence touches us all, but none so deeply as those whose lives are tragically cut short. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of today’s violence.

In light of the situation, we feel it would be inappropriate to continue with today’s event with Terry McDermott, scheduled for 7:30pm Downstairs at Town Hall. All ticket holders will be issued a full refund on their purchase through our ticketing partners at Brown Paper Tickets. We hope to reschedule this important discussion in the near future. Details will be available at townhallseattle.org when available. Additionally, our staff is working on a program to provide an outlet for community discourse around violence, guns, and the string of incidents of which this is only the most recent. More information on developing programs will be available when finalized.

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