Two Greek-Americans Shot to Death in Downtown Seattle Massacre

An unhinged man described by his family as ‘angry towards everything’ went on a shooting spree in Seattle on May 30, killing five people and critically injuring one before turning the gun on himself.

Ian Stawicki, 40, entered Cafe Racer Espresso in the University District of the city around 11am and opened fire, shooting five people, among them two Greek-Americans.

Four of those shot at the cafe died while the fifth fatality was a married mother-of-two gunned down near Town Hall some five miles away.

Stawicki’s victims in the café included God’s Favorite Beefcake band members Joe ‘Vito’ Albanese, 52, and his Greek-American bandmate Drew Keriakedes, 45. Keriakedes (pictured above) was an artist, performer and has been described as a foul-mouthed singing clown. Alekos Keriakedes, Drew’s great-grandfather, was born in Greece.

The other Greek-American victim was Gloria Leonidas, whom Stawicki fatally shot in a parking lot, before fleeing in her black Mercedes SUV. Leonidas was married and was a mother of two teenager daughters.

After the incident, the killer shot himself in the head after being circled by Seattle police. He was then taken to Harborview hospital where he later died.

(Nick Fournarakis contributed to this report)


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