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February 2, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Gang member convicted of murdering Skyway boy

The family of Alajawan Brown, a 12-year-old boy who was gunned down after stepping off a Metro bus in Skyway in April 2010, talks to the media, Thursday, Feb. 2. Ayanna Brown, center is the mother of Alajawan. Louis Brownm, is his dad and Louketa Brown, right, is his sister (photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times).

After less than a day of deliberations, a King County jury this afternoon found Curtis Walker guilty of first-degree murder in the April 2010 shooting death of Alajawan Brown, a 12-year-old boy who was gunned down after stepping off a Metro bus in Skyway.

Brown was shot because Walker, a 20-year member of a street gang, mistakenly thought the boy was a member of a rival gang involved in a shootout at a nearby apartment complex only minutes earlier, jurors were told during the three-week trial.

Alajawan Brown

The jury of five women and seven men didn’t buy the defense’s claim that Brown was killed by Rodrigues Rabun or some other unknown gunman.

Rabun was a neighbor of Walker’s who accompanied Walker and Jonathan Jackson to the Cedar Village Apartments, where Jackson was critically injured in a shootout with rival gang members. Brown was shot four minutes after Walker and his wife, Shaleese, sped out of the apartment complex and waited at a red light a block away.

Jurors had the option of finding Walker guilty of either first- or second-degree murder. By finding him guilty of first-degree murder as charged, the jury determined that Brown’s slaying was premeditated. They also found Walker guilty of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Brown’s parents, Ayanna and Louis Brown, attended every day of the trial, along with other family members.

Ayanna Brown took the stand early in Walker’s trial and gave heart-wrenching testimony about the death of her youngest child, a seventh-grader who was being home-schooled. She told jurors her son paid for his own school supplies and sports fees by doing yard work for neighbors and had been working out that spring to prepare himself for football season.

Brown’s parents embraced and kissed after the verdict was read. Ayanna Brown sobbed as she hugged King County prosecutors Kristin Richardson and Jessica Berliner.

“Yes! Thank you God,” Brown, surrounded by her children and grandson, quietly exclaimed after Walker was led out of the courtroom.

 

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