Seattle – Two teenagers accused of shooting a 17-year-old Ingram High School student last week faced a judge for the first time Tuesday.
The victim’s family shared trauma statements and read into the court document that the shooting victim was identified as 17-year-old Ebenezer Hailey.
Their statements described Hailey as fun, warm and enjoying being with friends. They also asked the court to provide justice to the family.
Both suspects were arrested in connection with the shooting at Ingram High School last week. Seattle police say it all started after a bathroom fight over a handgun in a student’s backpack.
The victim’s family shared their grief online on a GoFundMe account, asking for help in their time of crisis.
Suspected shooter Trayvon French, 14, was formally charged Tuesday with first-degree firearms violations and premeditated murder, which is why Fox 13 News identified him by name.
In the courtroom, French’s family sat quietly for the hearing. Tuesday may be the first time many have seen the boy since his arrest last week.
A victim advocate from the Seattle Police Department read victim impact statements aloud in court as the judge weighed whether to release the two suspects on bond.
“My family and I do not feel safe, and I feel sad for my family,” said lawyer Cindy Sandiho-Chang. “We want justice for my nephew Ebenezer Hailey.”
The judge ordered French to be held until his next hearing.
The parents of a 15-year-old boy who was arrested last week for possessing a weapon for murder were also present in court. She also declined interviews with FOX 13 News.
Judge Averill Rothrock ruled that the 15-year-old student was not considered an accomplice in the French suspect’s murder.
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“[He] He is not alleged to have committed or premeditated the violence that allegedly took place,” Rothrock emphasized. “I don’t hold him as an accomplice; The State has not charged him as an accomplice.”
Prosecutors have formally asked the court to consider their request to try the French adults as accused. That process could take weeks, and a decision was not made Tuesday.
Both suspects were denied bond, citing public safety concerns.