Nicole Westbrook, originally from Albuquerque, NM, was 21-years-old when she moved to Seattle, Washington at the end of March, 2012.
On April 20th, 2012, less then three weeks after moving to WA, she was murdered. She went to a club with her boyfriend and they left to walk home in the early morning hours of April 21st, around 2am. As they were walking near Second Avenue and Yesler Way in Pioneer Square, several shots were fired from a vehicle, believed to be a ‘white sedan’. One of the shot’s happen to strike Nicole in the neck.Two police officers heard the shots and arrived within seconds where they saw Nicole laying on the sidewalk with a bullet lodged into her neck. As her boyfriend was being questioned by police as to what happened, Nicole was being rushed to Harborview Medical Center where she was put on life-support and died a several days later.
Investigator’s believe it was a random act of violence.“The shooting, so far as we know, was random,” Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said.
“There’s no honor in what this individual, or individuals, has done,” said Joyce Esquer, Westbrook’s aunt. She goes on to say: “And there’s no honor in silence. We believe that there are [family members] who know this person or have information about who shot Nicole. We ask you to come forward to share this information with the police.”
Joyce Esquer at a Candle light vigil which took place on 2nd Avenue, where one of the shots
fired from a white sedan struck Westbrook in the neck.
“Somebody knows something about what happened that night. There are a number of pedestrians who were in the area who, for obvious reasons once they heard the gunshots, dove for cover. But they may know something, and likely may not have known the results of what happened that morning,” said Deputy Police Chief Nick Metz, who goes on to say:“And so, we are asking for folks who were in that area, particularly at 2 a.m. around 2nd and Yesler when those shots rang out, that you please let us know, please give us a call and let us know what you may have seen.”
Metz also delivered a message to the occupants in the vehicle where the gunshot originated: “Whether you fired the weapon or not, you are a potential accessory. And if you want to protect yourself, the best thing you can do is turn yourself in and talk to the detectives.”
As of September 20th, 2012 Nicole Westbrook’s case remains unsolved. Her face is not part of a billboard in Seattle. The billboard was created to break the stigma of ”being a snitch” and if you know something, you have a moral obligation to say something.
Authorities are urging anybody who might know anything to come forward. Your identity will be protected.
“There are other crimes in this city where there are people who knew who had the gun and knew who shot it,” said McGinn. “More than that, there are people in this town right now who know of somebody who has an illegal gun and may use it. They need to come forward, too. They need to help us out.” said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, in an appearance on 97.3 KIRO
FM’s Ross and Burbank Show back in April, 2012.
To view potential witnesses running after the gunshot’s were fired: Click here.