Statement on Rainer Beach Incident July 28

July 31, 2023

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On Friday, July 28th, two of our staff from Boys & Girls Clubs of King County and three others were injured during a shooting at the Rainier Beach Safeway parking lot. We are deeply saddened by this traumatic incident, and we are working to actively support the victims and their families. We are cooperating fully with the authorities in their investigation.

Over the last three years, our Safe Passage Team has hosted a Community Healing Space Activation every Friday in that location without incident. These Activations provide hot meals and resources to community members and create a safe space for grieving, healing, and connection in response to community violence.

It is particularly devastating that this act of violence is in direct contrast to the purpose and mission of this space. Our community warriors put their lives on the line every day to ensure that the members of our community are safe. This incident has magnified the issue of gun violence in our neighborhood, and it will take ALL of us working together, to combat this public health crisis. We at Boys & Girls Clubs remain committed to working with youth, community members, community partners, law enforcement, and public officials to end gun violence. 

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