Arrest made in Greenwood murder case, suspect may be Ballard High student

Updated 11:40 a.m. Police say they’ve arrested a 17-year-old suspect in the murder of David Peterson, who was killed on Sunday night near 85th St. and 1st Ave. Police say the suspect was attempting to board a plane at Sea-Tac airport.

KING 5 is reporting the suspect is a senior at Ballard High School. Earlier, KIRO reported that police sources gave them the same suspect name. The student’s name is on the roster of the Ballard High football team.

Detectives are not publicly releasing the name, although it was widely reported yesterday (we are not releasing his name until charges are filed.) Seattle Police say they received information that the suspect was planning to fly out of Sea-Tac, so detectives contacted the Port of Seattle Police, who made the arrest. “There are no suspects outstanding in this case, which remains an active and on-going homicide investigation,” SPD said this morning.

Peterson was discovered in a car in a parking lot near the Greenwood Fred Meyer, dead of a single gunshot wound. Police said he had called 911 to report he had been robbed while on his nightly walk. Police said they were investigating to see if the crime was linked to the robbery of the nearby Baranof restaurant.

On Friday, police searched a home in the 9000 block of 4th Ave. NW., leaving with several bags of evidence.

We’ll update as we learn more. For earlier coverage on the Greenwood murder, visit our sister site PhinneyWood.com.

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Ballard Mom
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Ballard Mom

The suspect’s name is Byron White. 17 year old student at Ballard High School. Quality parent(s) too I bet.

Ballard Mom
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“the suspect was planning to fly out of Sea-Tac”

And who was paying for that? Let’s throw them away forever too.

concluvial
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concluvial

This is all very strange.
Whose car was the victim in if he was out on his nightly walk?
How did the victim call the police when that is what they robbed him of?
Who/where are the other two suspects?
Why did the police previously name the prime suspect, now are pretending they did not?

Especially a minor. I am guessing shoddy police work will lead to have this case thrown out.

Ballard Dad
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Ballard Dad

You should throw out Ballard Mom’s comments then, according to your rules.

Sam
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Sam

Maybe they can throw him in jail with that other Ballard High School murderer Elijah Hall.

RF
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RF

Ballard Mom’s commentary is rude and ill-informed. Either that, or she is looking to be sued. Please remove her comments, especially since she named the suspect, who is a minor.

Sam
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Sam

@7 King 5 published this fine young gentleman’s name already. We can have a pity parade for da yoots another time.

Skipspence
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Skipspence

He was not found in his car. He was found on the ground.

sk1230
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sk1230

Ballardmom’s comments need to go. Her comments are judgmental and inappropriate. Read the rules. It isn’t her job to post the name and age of the alleged young man.

LostAndNotSearching
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LostAndNotSearching

A man has died.
Whether he was found lying on the ground, or in a car is inconsequential.
A teenager who attended the school that many of our kids go to, or will go to has done a horrible act. His life too, is now over.
There is a wife of 22 years sitting alone in her home tonight; her soul mate is gone.
Spend your energy helping, or you are the same as the perpetrator.
Ugly is ugly regardless of the language.

great idea
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great idea

no, it is not inconsequential.

I feel for the victim’s family.

on one of the major news reports, it was made out that the perpetrator was in deep trouble because the victim’s wife works for the king co. prosececutor’s office.

that is plain wrong.

also, please remove ballard mom’s comment for reasons specified above.

Ballard Mom
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Ballard Mom

“Her comments are judgmental”

God forbid, we can’t pass judgement on murderers in Seattle. That would be intolerant!

jana
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jana

Ballard Mom, it’s not your judgement on the murderer, but your judgement on the murderer’s parents that are way out of line.

Sportsmama
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Sportsmama

I think the facts speak for themselves, not only is he a suspect in this robbery and MURDER. An innocent man’s life gone forever. HE is the suspect in an earlier robbery, and a condo has him on video breaking in. At 17 you know when you pull a trigger that someone can be hurt or die. HE gave up his MINOR right when you commit adult crimes.
AND who did pay for his plane ticket to get out of state? His image and name may have caught him before another life was taken. HE made bad choices that have long consequences.

Sportsmama
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Sportsmama

Why are people in Seattle area so LIBERAL. Such enablers, Excuse makers for all bad behavior? Nicklesville homeless encampment the man running it says he is OVER RUN by Meth dealers and Criminals. He blames the SPD for not helping him, leaving out that he Had Mayors Office having hands off to NOT harass homeless poor people.
Drug Users are addicts, it is not their fault, DWI drivers are alcoholics a disease they can’t help.
Poor people who waste their rent and become homeless had a bad homelife.

DOES Anyone take responsibility or hold anyone responsible? Enabling people and no consequences has Made Seattle criminals not afraid to victimize people. We show no respect for Seattle Police, the VICTIMS Wife is a data recorder of about 2 years, I doubt this has ANY affect on a court case, facts, or a Judge or Jury isn’t going to go after him harder. If there was a conflict of interest they will try the case in another jurisdiction. We are a better city and he deserved to take a walk without being robbed and killed.

Ballard Student
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Ballard Student

This is sick. Like I am embarrassed to be from a school where students are trying to defend this kid more than pay tribute to the man he murdered and family he ruined. Rest in paradise.
I’m glad they’re planning to try him as an adult, he deserves everything that’s coming to him.

Pianoman
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Pianoman

Rest in Paradise? Never heard that one.

And I am embarrassed that a high school student throws in the word “Like” to start a sentence. I though you kids only talked like that.

Ballardite
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Ballardite

Thanks for your post Ballard Student.

I’m curious about one thing though – are BHS students defending Byron’s actions? Maybe those were comments that have been removed or maybe you are hearing general chit chat in the halls.

Just wondering…..

Sam
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Sam

“your judgement on the murderer’s parents that are way out of line. ”

Why not? If I raised a murderer I’d wonder what I did wrong.

Angeline
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Angeline

If your child was a murderer would you need others talking about you in a public forum to prompt you to question yourself and wonder what you did wrong? Or would you be concentrating on the lifetime of anguish ahead for the child you loved, however imperfectly, and the victim’s loved ones left behind?

And does anyone really think it is abnormal for teens who knew Byron as a classmate and football player to react with disbelief that he’s now a wanted murderer?

Sam
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Sam

Nothing wrong with a good public shaming. Might work as a warning to others.

Sam
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Sam

“He was a good kid who made a bad decision”, according to one of his friends.

Wrap your head around that bit of mental and moral gymnastics for a moment.

“Yeah, except for the robberies and murder, he was a good kid, you know”

Errrrr no, he was a bad kid. Period. Good kids don’t rob people and carry guns. If he gets less than 30 years that will be the second crime.

Josh
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Josh

If Seattle is so liberal, how come they are against free speech? Remove Ballard Mom’s comments?! What, because you do not like them? For being rude? Wow. And you think yourselves liberal. Fox News is liberal compared to that.

But ja, who says he even has parents involved in his life? Being on the Ballard football team is a shock. Ballard is a big high school. Some kids are bad eggs. It does not make all of them bad. Ballard is a pretty good public school that deals with some really tough problems. Now their football team has been smeared. I feel sorry for them, too.

How many spouses and children will now be stressed out whenever their loved one goes out for their nightly stroll? There is where some real permanent damage was done.

seattle slew
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seattle slew

It isn’t only in Seattle that people start chanting that “so and so is a good person, it’s just that he murdered/raped/stole/etc.” Which means he isn’t a good person. So let’s not let this terrible crime turn into just another opportunity for some more simpleminded liberal-vs-conservative back and forth. My family includes both liberals and conservatives and we ALL agree that this crime is a tragedy, and none of us has a speck of sympathy for the shrivel-souled person who killed.