Fiancee of man murdered in broad daylight in downtown Seattle seeks justice

The fiancée of a man shot and killed in broad daylight in downtown Seattle says she wants justice and will never stop until a suspect is arrested.

“Knowing that I’ll never hold him again. I’ll never kiss him again. I can’t tell him I love him. That’s not fair,” Dana Leadbetter said.

At 12:28 p.m. on February 27, Seattle police responded to 3rd Ave and Pine Street for reports of a shooting. Officers arrived to find Reno Maiava, 52, shot multiple times.

Seattle Fire Department officers and medics attempted to save lives, but Maiava was dead at the scene.

Seattle police detective. Valerie Carson says there is no security video available yet that could help identify the shooter. Footage obtained by FOX 13 News from a nearby restaurant’s surveillance camera showed dozens of people fleeing the sound of gunfire.

Leadbetter thinks there are witnesses who were there who know exactly who shot and killed Maiava.

“I really don’t know why anyone would want to hurt him. I don’t know if it was random, but I know he didn’t deserve it and I want justice for that. His family and his friends need justice for this,” Leadbetter said.

The two had been together on and off since they met seven years ago.

“He was real. He was down to earth and he was just a good person with a good heart. He loved getting down to the water’s edge. That was our thing together, too,” Leadbetter said.

“He has a lot of friends and a lot of family who loved him.”

Maiava was not currently living with her because she says he suffered from mental illness and was self-medicating. Leadbetter says she’s never seen anything but kindness from Maiava, who had diagnosed schizoaffective disorder and a history of assault convictions.

She says he would be fine if he took his medication, but he had stopped taking it and was currently living on the streets. She believes the city needs to enforce the 3rd Avenue area between Pine and Pike streets more and provide health services for people struggling with mental health and addiction issues. Don’t hang out there buying and selling drugs.

“Advice, help – whether it’s medication, whether it’s needing someone to talk to, whether it’s some sort of rehabilitation, they need help,” Leadbetter said.

She worries for other people in the same situation as Maiava who could be victims of violence, in particular with a killer on the loose ready to open fire in the middle of Sunday afternoon.

“It makes him devastating because he shouldn’t be allowed to walk around,” Leadbetter said.

Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound is offering a $1,000 cash reward for information leading to an arrest in the case. If you know the suspect’s name or have photos or videos to share, text them via the P3 Tips App on your mobile phone, go to www.P3Tips.com or call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You will remain anonymous.

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