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4th person dies in cafe shooting, memorial grows outside shooting scene

May 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Police say it took 63 seconds for Ian L. Stawicki to shoot five people in Cafe Racer and escape. Only one survived, Leonard Meuse, a chef at the cafe, who remains in serious condition. Two members of the band “God’s Favorite Beefcake” died in gunfire: Joe “Vito” Albanese and his best friend Drew Keriakedes, who had just played at last weekend’s Folklife Festival. The names of the other man and woman who succumbed to their injuries have not been released.

(Photo courtesy of Ellen Eades)

A large memorial pours out onto the sidewalk in front of Cafe Racer on Roosevelt. One note reads, “Please be kind to your neighborhood.” Friends stopped by to pay their respects and share memories.

“(They were) just the most creative, artistic people I’ve ever met, hands down,” said friend Jacob Landry in an interview with KIRO TV. “Life was kind of hard on both of them for a long time. They turned it around with music and shared good things with other people.”

(Mourners play New Orleans style jazz outside Cafe Racer.)

Police say gunman Ian L. Stawicki shot and killed himself in West Seattle. A fifth victim, a Bellevue mom, was shot and killed in First Hill when Stawicki carjacked her SUV, police say.