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Marching for change: Community honors slain pregnant Seattle restaurant owner, demands action


People marching in honor of Eiwa Kwon, a pregnant Seattle restaurant owner who was murdered in the Belltown neighborhood on June 13, 2023. (KOMO)
People marching in honor of Eiwa Kwon, a pregnant Seattle restaurant owner who was murdered in the Belltown neighborhood on June 13, 2023. (KOMO)
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Hundreds marched to honor and grieve Eina Kwon, a pregnant Seattle business woman who was shot and killed in Belltown earlier this week. Kwon was on her way to work with her husband when they were gunned down in broad daylight.

Her husband survived, but Kwon's murder has sparked fear and anger from the community who are calling for change.

“I think everyone sees this as an unfortunate and preventable event and when you see a pregnant woman get shot senselessly that impacts all of us," said Susanna Keilma, one of the organizers and volunteers of the march.

The march started on 4th Ave and Lenora Street where Eina Kwon was murdered. A moment of silence was held for Kwon and her baby daughter. The march ended at Kwon's restaurant, Aburiya Bento House on 1st and Lenora Street.

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Geei Chan who came to honor the family said it’s painful to see these innocent lives being taken.

“I have a daughter, I have grandkids, you know, and I see this happening to someone who has nothing to do with anything," said Chan.

Now, this senseless act has people fearing for their safety.

"You have to worry and watch your back as you walk down the street, that's what I have to do everyday," said Feanette Black Bear, who took part in the march.

People said no one should have to fear walking down their street or driving to work in their own community.

“The city shouldn’t be like this, it shouldn’t having to worry about people in the street running rampant all the time, and so I feel there needs to be some change," said Zi Gu, who attended the march.

Those who took part in the march said the execution of Kwon was their tipping point. They are pleading that city leaders take action now and make changes that will stop these violent acts.

“We need almost a complete sweep of the city council," said Richard Fuhr, who participated in the march. Fuhr said his anger wasn’t aimed toward the Seattle Police Department, but he's calling change from the city council. “We need to support them, many police have been leaving Seattle because they’re not getting the support from the city council," he added.

While the community is still mourning the loss of Eina Kwon, they’re asking people to reach out to city leaders and demand that change.

Following the shooting, police said witnesses pointed them to the suspect right away, and he was taken into custody reportedly saying, "I did it, I did it."

Court records show the suspect, Cordell Goosby, has a criminal history in Illinois and recently moved to Seattle. According to Cook County, Illinois courts, the Goosby was previously charged with domestic battery, drug offenses and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Goosby was charged with murder and attempted murder Friday in connection to the fatal shooting.

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Seattle Police Department Chief of Police Adrian Diaz said Thursday, June 15, the fatal shooting was one of the worst he has seen in two decades of law enforcement.

"When you have a tragedy like (what occurred on) Tuesday, you feel like you move 10 steps back," Diaz said.

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Many community members throughout Belltown spoke with KOMO News in the wake of the homicide, calling on city council members to step down.

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