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Update: Cause of Death of Homeless Man in Ballard Due to Homicide, Police Say

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Tragic Outcome

Today a homeless man was found unresponsive inside a tent in Ballard. EMT’s could not save him. Neighbors say this is the 2nd person found dead at the encampment this month. First was a drug overdose. This is believed to be an OD as well.

Evidence is Mounting

After encampment clearings, there were rumors of “mutual aid” groups giving out brand new tents to the homeless and in some cases moving them in vehicles to new areas of city, causing problems for other neighborhoods. This biz owner confirmed it’s true.

Hundreds of Complaints

Neighbors like @BallardNeighbor contacted city numerous times and been documenting issues at this encampment, like fires, trash, and needles everywhere. He got the rat scurrying by as well. When will city act? These campers need an intervention.

Police Now Calling it a Homicide

I reported on this Ballard encampment over the week. A couple living in a nearby tent told me they saw blood covering the male victim’s back pack and felt it was more than an OD. Their suspicions now confirmed.

When Will City Respond?

Now that it’s a homicide, will Seattle Deputy Mayor Tiffany Washington push this encampment up the priority list for a clearing? She has said in the past that public safety is one of the criteria. There was also an OD here a few weeks ago.

Jonathan Choe

Journalist and Senior Fellow, Center on Wealth and Poverty
Jonathan Choe is a journalist and Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth and Poverty, covering homelessness issues for its Fix Homelessness initiative. Prior to joining Discovery, Choe spent several years as one of the lead reporters at KOMO-TV, consistently the top rated television station in Seattle. His in depth stories on crime and deep dive investigations into the homeless crisis led to measurable results in the community, including changes in public policy. Choe has more than two decades of experience in television news behind the scenes and in front of the camera for ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, and Tribune. He has also been nominated and honored with multiple industry awards including an Emmy. Choe spent several years teaching classes on emerging media and entrepreneurship to under privileged youth in inner city Chicago. As an independent journalist, Choe also contributes regularly to the Mill Creek View and Lynnwood Times and has reported on exclusive stories in the past year for Daily Wire and The Postmillennial.