Police security tight as vigil for shooting victim draws 75 to Edmonds Senior Center

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Trucks line the senior center parking lot Friday night. (Photo by Teresa Wippel)

A group of about 75 people gathered outside the Edmonds Senior Center Friday night for a vigil for 23-year-old Alexander Rhodes, who died after being shot outside the Edmonds Senior Center Friday, Dec. 14.

Security was tight for the event, as police said they were committed to protecting those attending the vigil. City of Edmonds Public Works trucks lined the street in front of the parking lot to provide a barricade, and police stood watch as vigil attendees entered on foot.

A 21-year-old SeaTac man who was a suspect in the shooting was released from Snohomish County Jail Tuesday, Dec. 18 after time ran out for prosecutors to file formal charges. A 21-year-old South Seattle man at the wheel of a vehicle that sped away from the shooting scene was released from Snohomish County Jail Monday, Dec. 17 after he posted $10,000 bail.

The prosecutor’s office declined further comment on the case earlier this week, stating that the investigation being conducted by Edmonds police is still ongoing.

A GoFundMe campaign is underway to pay funeral expenses for Alexander Rhodes.

According to police, the Dec. 14 shooting happened in connection with a private party attended by an estimated 100 individuals at the senior center, located at 220 Railroad Ave.

 

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