Originally published Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Continued resolve to find Thomas Wales' killer

More than a decade later, the brazen murder of federal prosecutor Tom Wales remains unsolved. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's plea to the public for help keeps the slaying on the front burner of law enforcement an the public.

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A DECADE ago, someone fired several shots through the basement window of the Queen Anne home of Thomas Wales, killing the Seattle-based federal prosecutor.

The murder remains unsolved, compounding the grief of all who knew him and leaving the assassin of a member of law enforcement not brought to justice.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's plea to the public for help solving the murder ought to bring the weight of the nation's top law-enforcement agency but also help jog memories.

The FBI believes the key to solving the case lies in uncovering secrets held by those who may have forgotten or who have been too afraid to come forward.

Television and newspaper ads, along with the use of social media, will keep the case in the public spotlight. A Website,, has been created to collect tips.

Present at the news conference this week marking the 10th anniversary of Wales' murder were former colleagues and top Seattle law-enforcement and political officials, including Police Chief John Diaz, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, Mayor Mike McGinn and Councilmember Tim Burgess. The phalanx of law-enforcement officials and political leadership was welcome affirmation of a city's continued resolve to get Wales' killer.

A reward of up to $1 million remains for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Police have been stymied in the case. Initially, it was considered an assassination connected to either Wales' work as a federal prosecutor or his advocacy against gun violence — he was president of Washington CeaseFire.

Ten years later, the entire weight of law enforcement remains committed to finding Wales' killer. Good.


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