Drowning victims were Shoreline students

Two young men who drowned late Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, at Green Lake in Seattle have been identified by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office as Euel Desta, 21, of Shoreline, and Abenezer Getachew, 23, of Snohomish County.

Abenezer Getachew

Abenezer Getachew

Euel Desta

Euel Desta

Both Desta and Getachew were students at Shoreline Community College and had been attending classes during summer quarter. According to media reports, both were unresponsive when pulled from the water and later died at Harborview Medical Center.

“Euel was just such an inspirational young man,” said Mariko Kakiuchi, Assistant Director of Career Education Options (CEO), a support program that assisted Desta. “He was making such great progress.” While not officially participating with CEO, others said that Getachew was regularly there because the two were such good friends and always together.

Yvonne Terrell-Powell, Director of Equity, Engagement & Counseling Services and High School Programs said counseling services would be available on campus through her office. For information, call 206-546-4509 or e-mail at yterrell@shoreline.edu.

Friends have opened a fundraising effort for funeral expenses for Desta at www.gofundme.com/cui2w4.

1 Comment

  1. Deven says:

    What a tragic accident. Hope their families find comfort in this time of grieving. May they find peace where ever they are now.

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