Posted on June 30, 2005

Documents, Neighbors Reveal Possible Murder Motive (Seattle), June 29

SEATTLE — Documents and interviews with neighbors are offering clues about the possible motive for a 17-year-old’s alleged slaying of a Bellevue high school tennis coach, KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reported.

Samson Y. Berhe, who turns 18 on Thursday, was ordered detained at a hearing Tuesday in juvenile court. He was arrested Monday after he was found on a barge across the Duwamish River from the shooting scene.

Michael Robb, a tennis coach at Newport High School, was shot in the face Sunday night as he sat in his car on West Marginal Way in Seattle. Witnesses said a male approached the car and fired a shotgun through the open driver’s side window, then ran toward the river.

Neighbors told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News the teen said he had a grudge against white people.

“He always say that he (was) gonna kill all the white people in the world,” said Anna Bell Perkins. “Samson had, like, some sort of complex against Caucasian people. And he said he wanted to kill them all and told me I could watch,” said another neighbor.


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