Seattle police continue to look for suspects in connection with the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old who was shot in his car when it was parked outside his house on Mother’s Day last Sunday.
Conner Dassa-Holland was shot in the head near his family’s home in the Rainier Beach section of Seattle, one of the city’s most crime-ridden areas, at around 10:00 PM on Sunday.
Dassa-Holland was asked by his father to move their car to a place that was open to their home, according to The Seattle Times.
18-year-old Conner Dassa-Holland was shot in the head while parking his parents’ car in front of his Seattle home on Sunday
Dassa-Holland was rushed to a local hospital and declared dead
He was a beloved person who was captain of his high school football team, senior class president, a peer counselor for suicide prevention, and a track coach
He was fatally shot while parking the car again.
Alicia Dassa, Conner’s mom, said she was in bed at the time of the shooting and heard gunshots, but didn’t think much of it.
“That’s normal here,” she said. “I didn’t even get out of bed.”
But a neighbor ran into the house and told her her son had been shot.
Alicia Dassa quickly ran outside and saw her car standing against a small rock wall.
Her husband, James, was holding their son as she shouted her name.
“I saw Conner and I just grabbed and held him,” Alicia Dassa told the Times.
“I just held on to him and told him it was going to be okay and we loved him.
“He still had a pulse, a strong pulse, when the ambulance arrived.”
Dassa-Holland was also an honors student who was admitted to all 19 colleges to which he applied
Dassa-Holland had just finished his first year at the University of Washington, where he was pre-law
Dassa-Holland leaves behind two parents and four brothers and sisters from 8 to 24 years old
Conner was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Harborview Medical Center.
His mother remembers the last moments of holding her boy before being taken to hospital by paramedics.
“I had to hold him and be with him and he wasn’t alone,” Alicia Dassa said of the last time she saw her son.
“We need to be with our boy and I feel so blessed to have had it.”
On Tuesday, some 300 grieving residents gathered for a childhood vigil to pay tribute to a beloved teen who had a bright future ahead, according to KOMO-TV.
Conner had just completed his freshman year at the University of Washington and was a pre-law student interested in a career in social justice.
In high school, he was captain of the football team and a senior class president.
He was also a youth trainer and a peer counselor for suicide prevention.
Alicia Dassa, Conner’s mom, thanked some 300 people who kept a vigil on Tuesday in memory of her son in front of the family home in the Rainier Beach section of Seattle
Conner was also a high school honors student accepted by all 19 colleges and universities to which he applied.
He died just weeks before his 19th birthday on May 31.
“Amazingly, my son doesn’t cover,” his mom told mourning benefactors on Tuesday.
“He was beautiful, and we’ll spend the rest of our lives making sure Conner’s death was not in vain.”
Dassa is an employee of King County. She is the mother of five children aged 8 to 24.
Conner’s father works for Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery.
Community residents gathered on Tuesday to commemorate Conner
Dassa, who is white, said that she and her husband, who is black, decided to move to Rainier Beach in 2011 because it is an ‘where other families look like us’ area.
“We really wanted the kids to grow up in an area where they would learn from the people around us,” she said.
“It has not only shaped who we are as a family, but who the children are as people.”
Those who knew Conner said that despite the crime-stricken environment, he was never involved in criminal activity.
“I was in disbelief as I am now. Total disbelief, “says Larry Wilmore, a supervisor at a local grocery store where Conner worked.
“I think the fact that Conner didn’t join gangs or do everything, that’s why it’s super hard to believe it happened.
“The whole neighborhood is incredulous and there is anger that it will continue to happen.”
Despite the tragedy, the family says they have no intention of going anywhere.
“Conner grew up here, he played sports here, he volunteered here. He was Rainier Beach, ”she said.
“The love and support we have received from the community is the only reason we are sincere and breathe.”
Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to contact the Seattle Police Department’s homicide department at 206-233-5000.
Puget Sound’s Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward of $ 1,000 for information leading to an arrest.
You can submit your anonymous tip through the P3 Tips app.