New park honors slain Seattle attorney

New park honors slain Seattle attorney
SEATTLE - It's been nearly 10 years since a high-profile Seattle attorney was gunned down while sitting in his home.

Today, Tom Wales' murder remains a mystery, but it hasn't been forgotten - nor has the man himself.

Wales lived a life of community service - as assistant U.S. attorney, president of the gun safety group Washington Ceasefire and a member of the Seattle Planning Commission.

His murder rocked the community he tirelessly served.

Investigators say someone fired six bullets through Wales' basement window, killing him as he sat at his computer.

The FBI searched a suspect's home in Bellevue but never charged him.

"We have no knowledge of motive or further details," Attorney General John Ashcroft said shortly after Wales' killing.

Nearly a decade later, the U.S. Justice Department is offering a $1 million reward for information leading to an arrest.

But though his murder remains unsolved, Wales is clearly not forgotten.

And on Saturday, a new park was dedicated in his name on Seattle's Queen Anne.

"This is really about community, and my father loved Queen Anne and Seattle very much," says his daughter, Amy Wales.

Seattle Parks and Recreation District helped lay plants at what's now officially The Thomas C. Wales Park.

"Oh, it's wonderful. It's deeply humbling, and we are just profoundly grateful for everyone's support and service," Amy Wales says.

The area where the park is located, at 2401 6th Avenue N., is a site that used to be a rock quarry, and Amy Wales says that 20 years ago her father fought for the space to remain green.

The dedication of the park does not bring closure, but it does help take some of the sting from the tragedy, she says.

"Closure is not an option," says Amy. "My brother and I miss our father every day but there are little moments of magic that help soothe the wounds."

Her father's name is now remembered in the green space he fought to save - and that is certainly one of those "magical" moments.