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March 5, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Men shot in Southeast Seattle yesterday identified

The two men found shot to death inside a parked car in South Seattle early Monday have been identified by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Edward James Westmoreland II, 34, and Elijah Paul, 42, died after being shot in the head, according to the medical examiner’s office. Their deaths were ruled homicides.

No arrests have been made.

Edward Westmoreland Sr. told KING-TV that he doesn’t know who would want his son dead.

Seattle police spokesman Mark Jamieson said that an officer stopped about 6 a.m. to investigate a maroon Jaguar that was parked at the curb of 39th Avenue South and South Kenyon Street. The officer had noticed broken glass on the ground and initially thought he was looking at a car prowl.

The officer then saw two bodies in the car, police said.

A resident of a housing complex next to where the Jaguar was parked, who did not give his name, said he heard three shots around 3 a.m., but did not call police.

A police source close to the investigation said it appears the men were involved in some sort of drug transaction when they were killed.

Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to call 911.

Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Beacon Hill, homicide, Seattle Police


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