May 31, 1997 in City
Four Teens Arrested In Drive-By Killing College Football Player Among Those Arrested In Tacoma Death
Four teenagers, including a Walla Walla Community College football player, have been arrested in a Tacoma drive-by shooting that left one man dead and wounded two others, police said Friday.
All four were arrested for investigation of first-degree murder, Tacoma police spokesman Jim Mattheis said.
A 15-year-old was booked into Pierce County’s juvenile hall, two 18-year-olds were booked into the Pierce County jail and a 19-year-old was arrested in Walla Walla and will be returned to Tacoma, Mattheis said.
Police were still looking for a fifth person believed involved in the unprovoked attack on a car carrying five youths on May 23. Corey T. Pittman, 19, a college student home on break, was killed and two others were wounded.
While Tacoma police would not identify the young men who were arrested, Walla Walla police said one of them was Terrence T. Powell, 19, a walk-on strong safety at the community college.
Just two months ago, Powell’s former roommate, linebacker Campbell Alefaio, was arrested in a similar case in a Tacoma suburb. Both men attended Lakes High School in Tacoma and played freshman football for the Walla Walla school last season.
Powell was arrested without incident as he drove away from a party Thursday night, Walla Walla Police Capt. Fred Moore said.
“Both of them were just big shocks,” Steve Kizer, Walla Walla CC defensive coordinator, said Friday of the players’ arrests.
“The kid had turned around and wanted to get a degree,” Kizer said of Powell. “He was doing great while he was here.”
Alefaio had been recruited by four-year schools, but attended Walla Walla Community College to raise his grades, Kizer said. An older brother had preceded Alefaio at Walla Walla.
“That is a great family. That was a real shock,” when Alefaio was arrested, Kizer said.
Alefaio has pleaded innocent to a charge of first-degree murder in the killing of Ann Marie Harris, 17, of Alexandria, Va. Harris was in the back seat of a car with friends when someone in a second vehicle opened fire on March 29 in Lakewood, a Tacoma suburb.
Alefaio remains in the Pierce County Jail in lieu of a $1 million cash-only bail.
Kizer said that after Alefaio was arrested, the men’s landlord allowed Powell to continue living in the apartment he had shared with Alefaio at half the cost. Powell had told others he was returning to Tacoma for treatment of a kidney problem, Kizer said.