A handwritten note at the memorial for Damien Helmbrecht reads: “My son, Damien. I miss you my boy. Love always and forever, Mom.” Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

A handwritten note at the memorial for Damien Helmbrecht reads: “My son, Damien. I miss you my boy. Love always and forever, Mom.” Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

Shooting victim identified: ‘I miss you my boy’

King County Medical Examiners have identified the 19-year-old man killed in Monday night’s shooting.

Outside of the Westway Community Center in Federal Way, a memorial honors the life of a 19-year-old man who was shot and killed Monday night.

Just after 10:40 p.m. April 20, Federal Way police responded to reports of a shooting at the community center in the 33400 block of 21st Avenue SW. A male victim was found near the building, and although life-saving measures were attempted by first responders, he died at the scene.

The victim has been identified as 19-year-old Damien Helmbrecht. His cause of death was a gunshot wound to the torso and the death has been ruled a homicide, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Candles, bouquets of flowers, balloons, empty liquor bottles and handwritten notes are now placed at the corner of the community center’s driveway.

Tucked in a bundle of pink roses, a handwritten note reads: “My son, Damien. I miss you my boy. Love always and forever, Mom.”

A motive for the shooting has not been determined, and Federal Way police have not located any suspects. Investigation of the incident is still underway.


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A 19-year-old man was shot and killed outside of the Westway Community Center in Federal Way on April 20. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

A 19-year-old man was shot and killed outside of the Westway Community Center in Federal Way on April 20. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

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