Suspect Arrested in Burke-Gilman Murder

Murder victim Jowanna Gooden. Photo courtesy of KOMO news.

Murder victim Jowanna Gooden. Photo courtesy of KOMO news.

Back in October, we reported the sad story of 26-year-old Jowanna Gooden’s body being found along the Burke-Gilman trail. Last week, Seattle Police Department detectives arrested the suspected murderer, 32-year-old Renton resident Uriel “Duane” Boyd. He was in part tracked down because he answered a cell phone call from the 4000 block of Bagley Avenue on the night of the murder.

SPD reports that Jowanna’s murder was not random and that they believe she knew her killer.

Boyd was booked on murder charges as well as drug charges. He has been previously convicted of drug offences as well as burglary, driving with a suspended license, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

According to a KOMO news interview with Gooden’s sister, LaQuanna Cooper, Gooden had almost completed her Associate of Arts degree. She was family-oriented, fun and loving with a “wonderful personality and genuine heart.”

We extend the neighborhood’s sympathies to Gooden’s family and hope that Boyd’s arrest brings them some small measure of comfort.

  • Abigail

    Innocent until proven guilty?

  • jude

    Such a lovely, lively looking lady. My condolences to her family.

  • a_train

    I thought I read a report where Boyd had admitted to shooting her.

    He sounds like a swell guy.

  • AnnaPhylaxis

    My deepest condolences to her family. I hope they caught the perpetrator of this crime.

  • John

    I too would like to share my condolences with Jowanna Gooden’s family. She would have been a great asset to the community, her loss is our loss.

    Murder should not now nor ever be looked at cavalierly or in any way a passing occurrence in our society. It is a tragedy for us all.

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