Death of Alumnus D’Vonne Pickett, Jr.

October 21, 2022

Dear Seattle University Community,

As many of you have heard, D’Vonne Pickett, Jr., an alumnus of Seattle University, was tragically shot and killed Wednesday night outside of the business he owned. 

So many throughout our neighborhood and city are mourning D’Vonne as a beloved community member and leader. His loss is felt in a particularly profound and devastating way here at Seattle University, where he made an impact as a student in the College of Arts and Sciences and an athlete on the basketball court. After earning his degree in Communication Studies in 2014, D’Vonne went on to do exactly what we hope for each of our graduates—to be a positive force for change in his community. 

In 2018 D’Vonne and his wife KeAnna opened The Postman, which provides mailing and business services, as a way of honoring his late great-grandfather and serving the Central District community. In addition, D’Vonne was a coach of youth sports and a mentor to countless young people. As Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell expressed, he was a true pillar in the Central District and instrumental in “shaping the next generation of leaders in our city.” 

After graduating from SU, D’Vonne continued to be supportive and collaborative with his alma mater, and with KeAnna has helped the university make important connections with businesses and others in the community. 

In this time of sadness, please know that a number of resources are available for students, faculty and staff (see below)

With deep gratitude for all D’Vonne has meant to our university, we pray for KeAnna and their children and loved ones. At the same time, our sadness is joined with anger over the unrelenting hold that gun violence has on our society. As we honor the life and legacy of D’Vonne, let us find ways to carry his spirit forward in ways that lift up and affirm our community. 


Eduardo M. Peñalver

Resources for SU community 

Students needing support can call Counseling and Psychological Services at 206-296-6090 for an appointment. Campus Ministers are available in Student Center 120: call 206-296-6075 or 206-296-6052 for an appointment. Additional telehealth resources are available through TimelyCare. Staff and faculty seeking support can access benefits through Resources for Living, SU's employee assistance provider. Please contact Human Resources for more information.