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November 28, 2011 at 5:31 PM

McGinn issues statement on death of Danny Vega

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn issued a statement today on Sunday’s death of Danny Vega. A 58-year-old South Seattle hairdresser and prominent member of Seattle’s Filipino community, Vega’s death came 12 days after he was robbed and beaten by three teens in Seattle’s Rainier Valley.

His slaying remains unsolved.

Here’s McGinn’s statement:

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.

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