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December 4, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Brother of White Center homicide victim appeals for public’s help

The brother of a White Center man who was killed when he was mistaken for a gang member a week ago appealed for someone with information to come forward.

The victim, Michael Delfin-Rodriguez, 22, and his brother, Saul Delfin-Rodriquez, were walking down Southwest 108th Street near Second Avenue Southwest around 2 a.m. Nov. 27 when two young men confronted them and accused them of being in a rival gang, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.

Both denied any gang affiliation and, as they tried walking away, were shot at. At least one young man fired several shots. Michael Delfin-Rodriquez was shot in the back and died.

Saul Delfin-Rodriguez, spoke about his slain brother at a news conference Wednesday morning.

“My brother is the last person who should’ve died that day because he was all about family,” he said.

He said he and Michael had gone out that night to get something to drink when they encountered two teenagers.

“They looked like a bunch of kids to us,” Saul said. They tried ignoring them, but they opened fire, he said.

“It was completely random,” he said.

Neighbors were only able to report they saw two black male juveniles running from the scene.

Asked what he would say to the people responsible for the slaying, Saul said, “You guys have to pay for this sooner or later.”

 Anyone with additional details about the slaying is asked to call the King County Sheriff’s Office detectives at 206-296-3311.

“A young man has lost his life because he was mistaken to be in a gang,” Deputy Charlie Akers said last week.

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