Who was Ebenezer Haile? Seattle student, 17, was shot dead by 14-year-old killer in school hallway

'Ebenezer was taken from us much too soon on the morning of November 8th, 2022,' read the message on the GoFundMe campaign page

Who was Ebenezer Haile? Seattle student, 17, was shot dead by 14-year-old killer in school hallway
The shooting victim, Ebenezer Haile, was identified through a GoFundMe campaign set up by his family (GoFundMe)
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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON: A 14-year-old male student has been charged with the murder of another student whom he allegedly killed after a fight. A GoFundMe launched to support the victim’s family has identified him as Ebenezer Haile, who was 17 years old. However, his life was cut short on November 8 at Ingraham High School.

The identity of the accused has not been released because of his minor status but reports have said that he has been slapped with first-degree murder, first-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm charges. In addition, the judge who will preside over the case will decide if they want to try the suspect as an adult, according to reports.

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As per reports, the fatal incident took place before ten in the morning on November 8. Cops were called after people present on the premises heard sounds of a gun being fired. Upon reaching the scene, officers reportedly saw the victim wounded by five gunshots in the school's hallway. Soon he was rushed to the hospital but couldn’t be saved. After the incident, the 14-year-old alleged killer was charged after several witnesses reportedly claimed he was the one who shot Haile dead.

Along with the main suspect, a 15-year-old is also facing second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and first-degree felony rendering of criminal assistance related to the shooting charges. He will apparently be tried as a juvenile only. It has been reported that before the unfortunate incident, Haile and some of his friends were involved in a bathroom fight with the 14-year-old and two of his friends. The reason behind the altercation was reportedly a gun, which a friend of the 14-year-old had brought to the school. King 5 News citing court documents also stated that “a phone belonging to the 14-year-old may have been taken during the scuffle.” 

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Student body and concerned parents after the shooting outside the school (Screenshot/King5 News)
Student body and concerned parents after the shooting outside the school (Screenshot/King 5 News)

Following the bathroom fight, the boys left but the suspect and a friend of his appeared “noticeably agitated and angry,” court documents mentioned. Soon another fight broke out in the hallway as the 14-year-old thought Haile had his phone, according to a witness. Another witness asserted that “they saw the 14-year-old and Haile in the hallway at 9:55 a.m. The witness told police as the 14-year-old passed by Haile, and Haile told him, "you're not gonna bust it," which the witness took to mean 'shooting a gun', King 5 News reported. The report also added that as the victim passed the area after the second fight, the alleged shooter took out the gun out from his backpack and fired numerous times at him. Reports state that the 14-year-old also tried shooting a second student but missed. The court documents identified the gun used as a "Glock handgun." 

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Meanwhile, the GoFundMe started for Haile’s family has said that “we are creating this account in response to the overwhelming requests to assist Ebenezer’s family as they rebuild their lives. The loss of a child is something no parent ever imagines having to endure. Ebenezer was taken from us much too soon on the morning of November 8th, 2022. In a senseless act of violence, Ebenezer was shot and killed at Ingraham high school, where he was a senior year student.”

“From the outpouring of support from our family and community we WILL find light from this darkness. On the other side of this pain we would like to see a foundation created for other families touched by gun violence in Ebenezer’s name so that he did not die in vain. Thank you for visiting this page and for considering donating,” the fundraiser added.

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