2 arrested in connection with shooting death of Seattle teacher Brent McDonald

SEATTLE  --  Seattle police said Friday they have arrested two people in connection with the shooting death of Seattle teacher and artist Brent McDonald, who was gunned down in Belltown on Dec. 13.

Detectives arrested a 55-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman Friday  at 3rd Avenue and Virginia Street. "The woman will be booked on rendering criminal assistance and the man will be booked on investigation of murder," police said in a news release.

Homicide detectives continue to work the case, the police said, and anyone with information is asked to call (206) 233-5000.


On Dec. 13, Seattle police were called to the 2100 block of 3rd Ave. after reports of gunshots around 3 a.m. Sunday.  Officers found McDonald lying on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound.  They performed CPR and he was transported to Harborview Medical Center, but didn't make it.

"Some of us are so furious, again, about guns and the ability to have guns," said Marybeth Satterlee. "If they didn't, Brent would probably be right here today."

McDonald spent much of his time teaching art to middle-school children at Coyote Central in the Central District.  He worked with nearly 700 students over the course of 10 years.

The artwork he created with his students can be found all over Seattle.

He leaves behind his longtime partner and teenage daughter.