A father of two is dead, and Seattle police are looking for the killer in an altercation that occurred right after the Kenny Chesney concert in Seattle at CenturyLink Field Saturday (6-27) night.
According to witnesses, two men were seen fighting at around 9 p.m. near 5th Avenue and S. Weller Street in Seattle, and 31-year-old Benito “Benny” Enriquez suffered a head injury during the fight, later dying from his injuries at Harborview Medical Center. Seattle police are looking for the suspect in the death, and have release a photo to the public, describing him as a Hispanic, Middle-Eastern or Pacific Islander in his 20’s who is 5 feet 11 inches-to-6 feet 1 inch tall and a medium-to-stocky build. He was wearing a black and white trucker-style cap, and a white V-neck T-shirt and black shorts.
A friend of Benny Enriquez named Joey Smith was at the Kenny Chesney concert with the victim on Saturday. He says Benny went to purchase T-shirts for his daughter, and was planning to meet back up with him. “He went to go meet us at the car,” Smith told King 5 in Seattle. “So we made our way back and we saw the police activity and the road shut down and I said ‘This isn’t good,’ because he wasn’t there waiting for us. He didn’t even have a pulse on the sidewalk when the medics showed up.”
The suspect was also with a white woman at the time of the killing who is said to be in her 20’s, 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium build and possibly pregnant. She has long, straight blonde hair, and was wearing a red, pink and white-patterned dress, carrying a shoulder bag. They were last seen walking eastbound on South Weller Street after the assault.
“At first I didn’t want to go on myself because we’re that tight but now I realize I need to be strong for my granddaughters,” says Christina Enriquez, the mother of the victim Benny Enriquez. “He was an immovable rock and he was a rock to me . . . I just can’t understand it, because all we’ve ever been raised in is love and compassion and supporting one another. Who could do that to another person?”
Benny Enriquez was the father two girls, Mia, 6, and Ava, 8, and worked as a nurse for the disabled. Individuals with information on the identity of the suspect or the woman he is with are asked to call the Seattle Police homicide tip-line at (206) 233-5000.