Saturday’s Homicide Victim From Fortuna, Confirms EPD
Elliott Michael Walin age 31 of Fortuna was the victim of Saturday’s homicide, confirmed Captain Steve Watson of the Eureka Police Department. A GoFundMe site was published this afternoon requesting help for the victim’s family. (See photo left) .
While Watson believes Walin’s death is “not related in anyway to the gang shooting in Hammond Park,” he also believes, “This is not a random crime.”
Watson said that though a man had been detained the night of the homicide about 11 p.m. by EPD officers when he was seen within a half-mile of crime scene no suspect has been arrested. The man who was detained was interviewed by officers and released. “He is not a suspect at this time,” Watson stated.
Captain Watson “strongly encourages anyone with a direct knowledge of the incident” to contact Detective Gordon at (707) 441-4044.
UPDATE 6 p.m.:
This is a press release from the Eureka Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
Following the notification of his next of kin by the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office yesterday, the Eureka Police Department is releasing the identity of the man slain during last Saturday night’s shooting incident near the 1500 block of F Street, Eureka. The deceased victim has been identified as 31-year-old Elliot Michael Walin of Fortuna.
Investigators have firmly established this incident is not related to last month’s gang involved shooting and homicide at nearby Hammond Park. While EPD is not releasing details at this time regarding the possible motive behind this shooting, it was not a random act.
EPD is diligently following up on a number of strong investigative leads. Anyone with direct knowledge about this case is asked to contact the Eureka Police Department at (707) 441-4060 (front counter) or (707) 441-4044 (after hours only). Direct your information to Senior Detective John Gordon or Sergeant Michael Guy.