Herald and Times-Globe reports
EVERETT — Footage from a surveillance camera at a fire station near Blue Stilly Park has led to the arrest of two young men in connection with two murders last week.
One body was found at the park; another later in Mukilteo. Both victims had been beaten with a baseball bat and shot multiple times. One also was stabbed 27 times. Police allege anger over a girlfriend of one of the suspects led to the killings. The victims were identified as Mohamed Adan, 21, of Seattle, and Ezekiel Kelly, 22.
A judge in Everett District Court on Monday denied bail for Anthony Hernandez-Cano, 18, and Hassani Hassani, 20. A third suspect — the girlfriend, 21, — was booked for investigation of aggravated murder.
The two victims knew each other, and something about their text messages regarding the girlfriend angered Hernandez-Cano.
The first killing was reported July 1. Passersby came upon the body in the brush at Blue Stilly Park near Arlington. An autopsy determined Adan had been shot seven times — twice in the foot and five times in the chest.
His face was bruised and swollen, and he had been burned with cigarettes. Police later were told that at some point he’d been bound with electrical cord and hit with a baseball bat. The gunshots were from a .22-caliber weapon, records show.
The second body was found July 3 in Mukilteo.
A detective attended the autopsy, where he learned that Kelly had 27 knife wounds. He also had been shot in the head three times.
Hernandez-Cano is accused of killing Adan near Arlington. He was booked for investigation of first-degree murder and kidnapping.
Hernandez-Cano was in jail from June 27-30. The girlfriend posted bail and told him that one of the homicide victims had spied on her in a parking lot. Hernandez-Cano reportedly laughed when he was told that surveillance cameras near Blue Stilly Park had captured a license plate associated with his girlfriend.
Hassani is accused in the death of Kelly in Mukilteo. He was booked for investigation of first-degree aggravated murder. In that case, Hernandez-Cano reportedly stabbed Kelly, who also was bound and beaten.
Hassani claimed he was handed a .22-caliber pistol and told to “finish it.” “He said that he did it because he wanted to be tough” like his friend, police wrote.