Christopher Williamson remembered as a budding DJ
Christopher Williamson was trying to
extricate himself from a music scene that gave him an outlet for
his creative urges but also pulled him into a world of drugs.
Friday night, the budding disc jockey went again, though, to a
"This was going to be his last one," his
mother, Sandra Williamson, said Christopher had told friends.
"He had promised to stay away from that whole
thing because of the drugs," his mother said. "He just kind of
wanted to turn his life around."
Williamson was 21 and had had a couple of
tough years. Deacon 808, as he was known when he was spinning
records, got into drugs as he immersed himself in Seattle's techno-music
He was a deacon at the family church and each
summer did missionary work with children of migrant workers either
in Eastern Washington or in Mexico.
He dropped out of North Seattle Community
College and lost his job at Fred Meyer.
"He got to the point where he just couldn't
focus on anything," his mother said.
Jason Travers remembered as gentle man, good listener
Friends and family of 32-year-old Jason
Travers, one of the victims of the Capitol Hill massacre,
remember him as a good listener and gentle man.
Travers had worked as a clerk at Madison
Market, a food cooperative on Capitol Hill, since 1999. He was one
of two people employed at the market who died Saturday morning.
"It's baffling and unbelievable," said Beau
Ingraham, a friend and co-worker of Travers and another victim,
Jeremy Martin. "We thought Jason was in a coma all day yesterday and
we had hoped he'd pull out of it. We found out later Jason was
killed while he was sleeping in a chair."
The co-op closed early Saturday after hearing
the news of the men's deaths.
Travers was remembered for his gentle way of
life: He was a vegan, a conscientious objector, a sometimes-Unitarian,
according to his parents, who live in Albany, N. Y.
Jeremy Martin known for his curiosity, hard work
What relatives and friends of Jeremy Martin
know is that the 26-year-old was a talented musician, a successful
wine salesman and an enterprising young man known for his creativity,
curiosity and sense of humor.
What they can't fathom is why someone would
shoot him and several other young people at a small rental house on
"He wanted to learn more than what was in
front of his face or in his own backyard," said his stepmother, Dena
Martin of Mount Vernon. "He's forthright and speaks his mind, but
he's not a meddler."
As authorities Saturday withheld names of the
victims of the early-morning shooting, relatives of Martin and a
second victim, Christopher Williamson, 21, confirmed that they were
among the dead.
"We don't know what happened — just that he
attended a rave and an after-party ... and the gunman was present at
the party and returned with a gun," Dena Martin said.
Justin Schwartz remembered: "He was just a warm, energetic, fun-loving
When Justin Schwartz was 3 years old he wowed
his extended Seattle family with his dancing at his uncle Steve's
Nearly 20 years later, his final night was
spent dancing with friends at a Capitol Hill rave.
"He was happy, and he went down doing what was
making him happy," said his uncle, Steve Schwartz.
Justin, known since high school as Sushi, had
wandered in life a little in recent years. But when he found the
city's techno music scene he quickly adopted it as his community —
taking to it with the determination his family has always marveled
Melissa Moore, 14, remembered as loving and generous
Melissa Moore was 14.
She was petite, maybe 116 pounds, a little
shorter than her mother, but tough and strong-minded, her family
The girl from Milton, Pierce County, loved
dancing and started coming to the city for rave parties with older
friends about four months ago. She went by the rave name Chinadoll.
Today, Moore's family visited the scene of the
massacre on Capitol Hill to place flowers and a photograph of their
"I just want her to be remembered as a sweet
girl, and she didn't deserve any of this," her father, Kyle Moore
said. "Nobody deserves to be shot like this. I mean he didn't just
shoot her once, he shot her twice. A little girl."
Melissa Moore was loving and generous, Kyle
Moore said, the kind to give away her bottom dollar or lend a coat
to someone she'd just met.
Suzanne Thorne, 15, who held Gandhi as her role model
Nancie Thorne says she must focus on the peace
and love that surrounded her daughter, Suzanne, not the violent
moments inside the Capitol Hill house where the 15-year-old died.
"Her role model was Gandhi," Thorne said. "When
things got tough, Suzanne would ask, 'What would Gandhi do?'."
Suzanne was a girl of inquisitiveness and
dreams — a teen who loved studying about eco-systems, nature,
animals and insects. She was moved by the writings of the Dalai
Lama, and she was a pacifist who hoped to start a non-violent
movement to end terrorism, Thorne said.
"And stop terrorists, like the one who killed
her," Thorne said. "We have to take responsibility and bring peace
to this world. There is too much anger for our small world."