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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

June 2, 2012 at 3:53 PM

More than 200 attend gathering to mourn Cafe Racer shooting victims

This post is from Seattle Times staff reporter Jayme Fraser.

Three patrol cars blocked the left lane of Roosevelt Way and, later, the right lane, so friends and some family could gather outside Café Racer Saturday afternoon to honor the four people fatally shot and one seriously wounded there Wednesday.

Joe Albanese, Drew Keriakedes, Kimberly Layfield and Donald Largen were fatally shot by Ian Stawicki inside the popular gathering place for area artists. Leonard Meuse, who was shot and survived, is recovering at Harborview Medical Center. Stawicki also killed Gloria Koch Leonidas downtown a short time later before he killed himself in West Seattle.

More than 200 people packed the sidewalk and street outside Café Racer Saturday afternoon to hear a handful of community prayers for the victims and their families — and for the gunman’s family.

One pastor called out a list that included demands for peace and for the community to change the culture that allows such violence. A few people closest to him answered, “Yes” after each one; many others were quiet and some could barely hear him over a neighbor mowing his lawn. The pastor grew louder and the largely quiet crowd yelled back the loudest “Yes” when he said the community didn’t need anymore guns.

After the speakers, many in the crowd lingered to add flowers, photos and a plastic baseball bat to the pile stretched along the cafe’s wall. On the corner of the building facing the alley, someone had written in black permanent marker, “Joe and Drew we will miss you.”

A memorial concert is planned in the alley behind the café at 8 p.m. Sunday where people can donate to the victims’ families.

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