Man fatally shot on East Hill in Kent identified as Marcus Golden

Golden, 28, of Seattle, died in altercation

The man fatally shot March 30 on Kent’s East Hill has been identified as Marcus Golden.

Golden, 28, died from a gunshot wound to his chest, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Kent Police are still looking for the man detectives believe shot Golden at about 1:47 a.m. in the 23800 block of 110th Avenue Southeast near the Mosaic Hills Apartments.

Officers found Golden with a gunshot wound. He had a pulse and officers started CPR, but Golden died at the scene. Police were dispatched to a verbal domestic at the Mosaic Hills Apartments. Prior to patrol arrival, there were shots fired at the same location with one person shot, according to police. The suspect fled on foot from the complex.

A K-9 unit tried tracking the suspect, but the man was not found, according to police. Witness information led officers to believe the victim and suspect knew each other.

“Our Marcus died a hero, in an attempt to help other people in an incident in which sadly the police did not respond to, Marcus ended up in the middle of an altercation,” according to a posting by Naomi Ashford, of Renton, on a account she started for Golden as the family prepares for funeral arrangements. “Marcus was unarmed and showed his courage and heart when he pushed a smaller individual out of the way and unfortunately became in the line of fire when he was taken to be with God.”

Golden graduated from Nathan Hale High School and grew up in Texas, according to his Facebook page. He also was known as “Buddy.”

“Marcus loved his community of Seattle’s Central District,” Ashford said. “Marcus cherished his family and children above all else. Marcus had a spirit that would light up the room and a heart of gold, as he would give anyone his last.

“At this time of grievance family could use any type of support we can get as we prepare for funeral arrangements to celebrate the life of Marcus. Thank you for all the love and support during this devastating time.”

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