Highland Park resident: ‘No one comes to help’ after encampment death

Jun 2, 2023, 2:37 PM | Updated: 2:38 pm

highland park encampment...

After a death at an encampment in Highland Park residents are calling on city leaders o do something (Photo from Seattle Police Department)

(Photo from Seattle Police Department)

After a suspicious death at an encampment in Seattle’s Highland Park neighborhood, a group of residents are wondering when the city or county will actually do something about the encampment that they say is getting increasingly more dangerous.

Seattle police say a homicide investigation is now underway after a suspicious death in the Highland Park neighborhood. Officers said they found a body around 8 p.m. Tuesday at an encampment along Myers Way South. Police are unsure how the victim died, but observed “signs of trauma” on the victim and are investigating the death as a homicide.

Seattle police investigating death at encampment in Highland Park

On The Gee and Ursula Show, Diane Radischat, a resident of a senior living community in south Seattle Arrowhead Gardens, said while there have always been homeless people in the area, the situation has been getting worse.

“We had quite a number of homeless over there for a number of years, we work together with many agencies, trying to figure out how to help them properly,” Radischat said. “And including educating our residents here about homeless issues and how people become homeless. The change is that the people are different, we can see different behavior, gunshots, which we’ve never had before, in all of these years.”

Radischat claimed a big part of the issue is the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is in charge of the land where the encampment is, and has not been responsive to the community. She highlighted how the situation has evolved, stating the amount of violence and crime has increased in the past six months alone.

“We’ve been through these cycles before, through a lot of patients education and working together. That is no longer the case. No one comes to help us. No one responds to us.” Radischat said. “We had a meeting here about maybe a month ago, the mayor’s office didn’t show up at that meeting, the city council person didn’t show up at that meeting, even though they were invited. And of course, WSDOT absolutely didn’t show up or respond.”

More from Gee and Ursula: Seattle City Council has been ‘way too dysfunctional’

So what is her message to the city council and the agencies responsible for addressing homelessness?

“My message to the city is $50 million is in a bank account that helps to clear these encampments that are along the freeways. So you can’t say they’ve said that there’s no money. That is not true,” Radischat said. “$50 million is a lot of money and can go a long way, if you stop having committee meetings.”

Listen to Gee Scott and Ursula Reutin weekday mornings from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on KIRO Newsradio, 97.3 FM. Subscribe to the podcast here.

Gee and Ursula Show

Gee and Ursula


Ursula Reutin

Ursula: Does grammar still matter? Not according to UW

Jake Harper found that the University of Washington's Informatics department doesn't grade on grammar in students' applications.

3 days ago


MyNorthwest Video

Video: Gee goes off on kids who don’t call or text their parents back

Gee goes off on kids not texting their parents back! We’ve also heard of some new phone etiquette rules, which are: 1) Text before you call 2) Don’t bother with voicemail, just send a text 3) Don’t get upset if someone doesn’t pick up your call. 4) Facts are for texts, emotions are for calls. […]

4 days ago

food bank volunteers doug baldwin...

L.B. Gilbert

Doug Baldwin looks to foster ‘connected community’ with food bank volunteers

With local food banks struggling to find volunteers and gather donations, a Seahawks legend is taking action.

7 days ago

chef jordan junebaby...

Ursula Reutin

Ursula: Does everyone deserve a second chance? It’s complicated

Seattle chef Edouardo Jordan, once a national media darling after winning two prestigious James Beard awards, appeared on the Gee and Ursula show Tuesday.

12 days ago

chef jordan junebaby...

L.B. Gilbert

Accused chef Edouardo Jordan ‘wants to be accountable,’ reopens restaurant

On June 13, 2021, a Seattle Times article came out where five women alleged that Jordan had groped them at work.

13 days ago

(Design by )...

MyNorthwest Video

Video: Seattle Chef Edouardo Jordan responds to sexual misconduct allegations on Gee & Ursula

In 2021, two-time James Beard Award winning Chef Edouardo Jordan was accused by over a dozen women of sexual misconduct at work. Edouardo decided to stay in Seattle, and joined Gee and Ursula to discuss this event and the last couple of years for him.

13 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Swedish Cyberknife...

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

September is a busy month on the sports calendar and also holds a very special designation: Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

Ziply Fiber...

Dan Miller

The truth about Gigs, Gs and other internet marketing jargon

If you’re confused by internet technologies and marketing jargon, you’re not alone. Here's how you can make an informed decision.

Education families...

Education that meets the needs of students, families

Washington Virtual Academies (WAVA) is a program of Omak School District that is a full-time online public school for students in grades K-12.

Emergency preparedness...

Emergency planning for the worst-case scenario

What would you do if you woke up in the middle of the night and heard an intruder in your kitchen? West Coast Armory North can help.

Innovative Education...

The Power of an Innovative Education

Parents and students in Washington state have the power to reimagine the K-12 educational experience through Insight School of Washington.

Medicare fraud...

If you’re on Medicare, you can help stop fraud!

Fraud costs Medicare an estimated $60 billion each year and ultimately raises the cost of health care for everyone.

Highland Park resident: ‘No one comes to help’ after encampment death