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Rival Gang Leader Arrested for Murder of 15-year-old Bryan “Hitter” Tamayo
Uriel “Scooby” Hernandez Martinez is charged with the first degree murder of a rival gang member / 15-year old Kamiak student.
Update: This story has been corrected to reflect the suspect’s correct birthdate.
Everett Police arrested 20-year-old Uriel A. Hernandez Martinez of Evetett in connection with the shooting death of 15-year-old Kamiak student Bryan Tamayo.
Hernandez Martinez was booked into Snohomish County Jail after midnight and arraigned on one count of first degree murder and two firearm charges earlier this afternoon in Everett.
Everett Police say the investigation is ongoing.
Tamayo was shot 18 times in a targeted drive-by shooting Friday morning in Everett while waiting for a school bus to Kamiak High School. Tamayo died on scene.
Yesterday J425 reported on Tamayo’s gang affiliation and the role it played in the shooting.
We also reported on the fact that multiple sources we spoke to indicated that Tamayo’s location information may have been posted on a local street news site prior to his death.
J425 reached out to a popular local street news account on Instagram yesterday (whose post on Tamayo’s death had over 350 comments, many from people who obviously knew the victim well) but we weren’t able to confirm whether the site new anything about the location-doxxing rumors.
Today, that site — previously known as SouthEverett425 — no longer exists.
No word on whether the site was taken down in connection with Friday’s shooting but we think that’s a sound possibility.
At this time we have no additional information on Hernandez Martinez or potential connections to the victim aside from the fact that the suspect has a Lynnwood address and was subject to a protection order filed by a female in Snohomish County last March.
In fact, there is no present confirmation as to whether Hernandez Martinez is the suspected shooter — reports indicated the presence of multiple individuals in the car seen leaving the scene of the shooting, and anyone in the car would be eligible for first degree murder charges.
Reports from the scene indicated automatic gunfire, as does the fact Tamayo was shot 18 times.
So, notable by absence from existing charges are any charges relating to auto sear “switches” that transform semi automatic pistols into fully auto machine pistols.
Charges can always be added later, but thus may indicate that police haven’t located the murder weapon yet and/or they may still be seeking suspected a shooter.
J425 will work to obtain further court documentation tomorrow.
In the meantime, anyone with information about the arrested individual should DM J425 on Instagram at J425live.
See below for the EPD press release, followed by J425’s earlier reporting.
Everett Police: Arrest Made in Connection to Friday's Shooting Death
EVERETT, WA - Last night, members of the Everett Police Department Anti-Crime Team (ACT) and Violent Crime Unit (VCU) arrested an adult male in connection to the shooting death of a fifteen-year-old victim on September 8, 2023.
Since the shooting occurred, ACT, VCU and our Major Crimes Detectives have been working tirelessly to identify any involved parties in the shooting. The investigation is still on going and detectives continue to track down additional leads.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Everett Police Department TIP LINE at (425) 257-8450 or Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound at 1-800-222-TIPS.