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Seattle renames street in Central District honoring D'Vonne Pickett Jr. Way ~ "STOP PLAY'NNN, HUH"

Proud family, friends, and community came together for the unveiling of the new named Union Street and 21st Ave in Seattle's Central District, D'Vonne Pickett Jr. Way.

The resolution was written in conjunction with Mayor Bruce Harrell and Pickett's family to honor his legacy.

Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell and city council member Teresa Mosqueda spoke at the street dedication ceremony. "We got to protect our community. Do you understand? We have to protect our community. That is my job as your mayor, but I have to make it clear. I need you," Mayor Harrell said.

Seattle City Council voted unanimously in favor of renaming the street. Family worked diligently with the city in renaming the street.

"She reached out to the Urban League, she reached out to the Department of Transportation. It was the family who made this happen. And it will be the family and community who help remind us every day about accountability and continuing this legacy," said Mosqueda.

"Today is a good day for me, but it's a sad day for me," Nicky Chappell, Pickett Jr.'s mother said through tears. "I'm so proud, so proud. I just wish my baby was here to celebrate."

"This block, this scene as a whole played a major role in his upbringing, who he was, who he is and where his legacy will continue to go," De’Auzjanae Pickett, D'Vonne's sister, said. "It's major. I can just feel my brother right now saying stop playing, stop playing. I can just hear it and he's happy."


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