'He didn’t deserve this:' Family of teen killed in West Seattle wants answers
SEATTLE - The family of Derek “Peachy” Juarez-Lopez held a vigil for the 15-year-old Wednesday, one night after he was robbed and killed near Westcrest Park in West Seattle.
Seattle Police said the teenager was stabbed during a robbery around 9:00 a.m. Tuesday. He walked out of the woods at SW Cambridge St. and 6th Ave. SW and collapsed on the sidewalk.
His sister, Italia, said whoever killed Derek stole his backpack. She claims he called her just after the attack.
“And he’s like, ‘I got jumped,’” Italia Juarez-Lopez said. “And then all I hear is the phone go down.”
He didn’t say who robbed him. Derek waved down a car, but died at Harborview hours later.
Now his family wants to know who would do this.
“He was just an amazing person, good hearted, very respectful boy,” Italia said. “But he was never in no gang and never had a problem with no one.”
They’re trying to figure out what he was doing in the woods near Westcrest Park.
Earlier that morning, his brother dropped him off at a friend’s house before Derek’s orientation for sophomore year of high school.
Seattle Police’s investigation is active and ongoing. They wouldn’t say if they believe this is gang-related, or whether or not Derek was specifically targeted and knew the attacker.
Detectives did say, as of now, families who live near Westcrest Park have no reason to worry.
During the vigil, Derek’s sister and counselor read poems he wrote where they believe he was critical of gangs and street life, saying he preferred a quieter life.