News A Witness Speaks. Victim, Sierra Club Organizer, Identified.
posted by January 1 at 19:59 PMon
Seattle Police are still looking for suspects in the fatal stabbing of a 31-year-old woman last night on Capitol Hill. Police have released a description of the suspect, and are hoping more witnesses will come forward with information about the attack.
One of the victim’s neighbors, who lay on the sidewalk with 31-year-old woman in the moments before police arrived, didn’t see the attack, but heard the victims screams from her apartment. “I heard the scream,” the neighbor says. “There’s a building on the corner, mentally ill people live there. There are screams all the time, but not screams like that.”
The neighbor—who asked not to be named—says she ran out of her apartment after the attack and saw a man wearing a large blue jacket fleeing towards Madison avenue.
According to information the neighbor received from police, the 31-year-old victim had just returned from shopping at nearby Madison Market when she was killed. “The police told me that it was not a robbery,” the neighbor says. “Her money and ID was [still on her] and her groceries were still in the stairwell.”
The neighbor says she’s always thought her neighborhood was a safe place. “I would walk my dog at night or early in the morning [by myself],” she says. “[This is] really devastating.”
Seattle Police are encouraging people to contact them if they have any information.
Here’s what we’ve been able find out about the victim.
Shannon Harps, 31, spent the last 4 years working as an organizer for the Sierra Club after moving to Seattle from Columbus, Ohio. Former Washington State Sierra Club Chair Mike McGinn says: “Shannon was a wonderful person and a wonderful person to work with.”
Recently, Harps had worked on public outreach in east King County and, according to McGinn, was instrumental in “getting Dave Reichert to vote the right way on the Alaska wildlife refuge.”
Another of Harps’ co-workers described her as, “Funny but quiet. [You] had to draw her out a little bit. There’s no way she could have been a provocateur in any way. She was not someone who would make anyone angry.”
Shannon Harps, right, in a photograph posted to the Sierra Club’s Flickr account .