Fil-Am teen shot dead in Seattle park
SEATTLE—A 17-year-old Filipino American student, who was planning to join the U.S. Marines, was shot and killed by an unknown assailant at Martha Washington Park on June 2.
Ryan Dela Cruz was a senior at Franklin High School just weeks away from graduation, was fatally shot shortly after. midnight on Saturday morning
Police believe that Dela Cruz was with a group of teenagers to hunt for ghosts at the reportedly haunted park when a brawl took place with another group of youths.
The second group opened fire, and Dela Cruz was hit three times, according to accounts by police and family members. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center where he expired.
Dela Cruz, the youngest of four children, arrived in Seattle from the Philippines when he was only a year old.
Dela Cruz got his first job as a dishwasher at the Bayview retirement home in Queen Anne, where his father, Henry Tacazon, works as a supervisor, according to the Seattle Times.