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May 29, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Family, friends of Justin Ferrari speak out after his tragic death

Family and friends of Justin Ferrari, the Madrona man killed by a stray bullet while driving through the Central Area on Thursday, have banded together to thank the community and remember him.

Early this morning, Ferrari’s family released a statement thanking people for the “outpouring of love and generosity” as well as the “kind thoughts, prayers, words, and actions that have been directed our way.” Ferrari’s family has asked that if anyone wishes to donate flowers or money, they instead send their donations to Rainforest Action Network, On The Boards or Brown University’s Sports Foundation (Ferrari played water polo at the school).

Ferrari’s family, in the statement released by Seattle publicist Sally Bock, also requested privacy.

“In addition to offering our deep and heartfelt appreciation, we ask that you please help us achieve some peace by respecting our privacy during this very difficult time.  We will be making no more public statements, but we are so thankful for all of your care and concern.”

Ferrari, his two young children and his parents were driving in his van on Thursday afternoon when someone opened fire during an apparent streetside dispute. The intended target and the gunman scattered, leaving Ferrari — family man, friend, youth coach and community benefactor — to die in his father’s arms.

No arrests have been made.

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