Families mourn murder of two best friends, their bodies found a day apart on I-5

Families mourn murder of two best friends, their bodies found a day apart on I-5

Questions about the murders of two best friends, their bodies found last week just hours apart on I-5 in North Seattle. A loved one shares their grief as the hunt for the killer(s) continues.

The teens’ bodies were found late last week, a half-mile apart on I-5. Washington State Patrol investigators say they believe the killings are related.

Families say these teenagers were inseparable in life. Now both of their bodies have been found along I-5, indicating they also shared a similar death.

They were lifelong best friends, 16-year-old Jahaz Phillips and 16-year-old Myion Coleman. Now they share something more disturbing. both were murdered, their bodies dumped along Interstate 5. Their deaths upended many lives.

“They were so close,” said a person close to Phillips. “And it’s like, wow.”

We spoke to Phillips’ relative by phone. She says her family is too scared to appear on television while the killers are still on the loose. She was asked if she knew anyone who would want to shoot Jahaz.

“I don’t know,” she said. “I know Jahaz and his friend are amazing kids and students. And it’s like a tragedy.

Their shared grief began shortly after 10:30 p.m. last Thursday evening.

Someone called 911 to report a pedestrian lying on I-5. When Washington State Patrol troopers arrived, they found the victim, later identified as Phillips, had been shot. About nine and a half hours later, a half-mile away, along the North 85th Street on-ramp, Coleman’s body was found in a ditch.

He too had been shot.

“What matters to me is proximity,” Jim Fuda said.

The executive director of CrimeStoppers of Puget Sound and a longtime King County sheriff’s deputy gave his thoughts on what he thought about the teens’ deaths.

“If they were in a vehicle together and one gets shot, the other is supposed to say something,…

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