Vigil held for woman fatally shot in Pioneer Square

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SEATTLE - A candlelight vigil was held Saturday for the woman who was killed during a drive-by shooting in Pioneer Square.

 

Friends, family and others gathered and placed flowers, and wrote notes in chalk near the place where Nicole Westbrook, 21, was shot.

 

Jennifer Castillo, an organizer of the event, spoke with KIRO 7 Eyewitness News on why they planned the gathering.

 

“We heard about it Sunday afternoon while walking our dogs. And we knew that we had to do something because we are members of the community,” Castillo said. “I think if we all stand as a united front and hopefully it can help this from happening again. And that’s been our main goal from the beginning.

 

Westbrook was a member of the Navajo nation and recently moved from Albuquerque to Seattle to start a culinary career.

 

Westbrook was shot in the early morning of April 22 and died at Harborview Medical Center on Wednesday.

 

According to police, they believed Westbrook was not targeted, that shooting was a "random act of violence."

 

No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting.