Updated: 11:04 a.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014 | Posted: 3:01 a.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014

Second suspect identified in Seattle double homicide

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Homicide detectives believe 26-year-old Matalepuna Malu is the suspect in the double homicide.

By KIRO 7 STAFF

A second suspect in Seattle’s double homicide on Sunday has been identified, and police say he's on the run.

The second suspect is Ali Muhammed Brown, a black man who is 5-foot-9 and 190 pounds with brown eyes. Brown is 30-years-old and believed to be a transient who has previously frequented the South King County area, police said.

He’s believed to be armed and dangerous.

Friends tell KIRO 7 the two men killed -- Ahmed Said, 27, and Dwone Anderson-Young, 23 – were gay. Police are investigating the crime as a possible hate crime.

This week, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray met with the mothers of the men who were killed walking home in Leschi from a Capitol Hill club. Neither man had a criminal history.

“It very much sounds like a hate crime," said Tyler Rollins, while visiting a growing memorial at the site where both were killed.

Rollins, who was especially close to Said, remembered him as someone everyone loved, and had no enemies.

“Every time I was with him he always made me laugh, always put a smile on my face and he always touched everyone around him,” Rollins said. “He's just a good guy."

Anderson-Young just graduated from the University of Washington and was scheduled to begin his career with Microsoft next week, close friends said.

“He was an angel,” friend Patricia Walton said. “This should have never happened to him. They were minding their own business and just so close to home."

Police said they initially received information linking Matalepuna Malu, 26, to the homicides.

Malu was arrested after he went to the Seattle Police Department headquarters and turned himself in Sunday. His family has said police arrested the wrong man, and Malu has not been charged with their murders.

Police have not referred the case to the prosecutor's office -- an unusual step after a double homicide arrest. But Malu is being held on an unrelated second-degree assault case. Thursday afternoon, he was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

On Wednesday, police found one of the victim's abandoned Mitsubishi Galant on Wabash Avenue South and South Cloverdale Street in Seattle.

Murray told a crowd at a South Seattle community meeting Wednesday that he is vowing to seek justice in this case. “I’m the mayor now, it's my problem," he said.

Tyler Rollins wonders if anyone walking home from Capitol Hill nightclubs are safe, even walking in pairs.

“Innocent people are getting shot for no reason,” he said. “How does that even happen? It doesn't make any sense to me. This world has gone crazy."

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