Washington Man Survives Assassination Attempt After Ex-Wife Hires Killer for $13,000


A woman in Washington state is facing charges for allegedly hiring a teenager to murder her ex-husband. 

Teen assassin: Shaerin Kelley, 30, is accused of offering 17-year-old Joshua Good $13,000 to kill her ex-husband, Baron Li. 

  • To execute the task, Good reportedly hired another teen, Quincy Mendez, to be his getaway driver, KIRO7 reports. 
  • Bellevue Police Major Travess Forbush told Komonews that the suspect attacked Li outside his apartment in Lakemont on July 10. 
  • Good reportedly stood over the victim when he fell and continued firing.  
  • He shot his 48-year-old target nine times but missed any organ or artery.
  • While Li sustained gunshot wounds, he survived the shooting.
  • The victim spent a week recuperating in the hospital.

Victim-turned-witness: Soon after the attack, Li told authorities that he could only think of his ex-wife to be behind it as they had been fighting for custody over their 6-year-old son.

  • “Did I know she was crazy? Did I know she was capable of doing this? Of course, without a doubt,” Li was quoted as saying, according to KIRO7.
  • Li said he thinks the actual target was the child, who sustained brain damage as an infant following an incident and received a trust fund as a settlement. 
  • Li pointed out that he does not blame Good nor Mendez, noting that he is just glad that his son will now be safe. 
  • Investigators were able to tie Kelley to the crime after a tracking device linked to her via online records was found on Li’s car.
  • Along with Kelley, Good and Mendez are also being charged as adults for attempted first-degree murder. 
  • An arraignment for the case has been set for Oct. 26. 
  • The GoFundMe campaign set up to support Li has so far raised more than $15,000 of the $100,000 goal.

Feature Image via Inside Edition

Support our Journalism with a Contribution

Many people might not know this, but despite our large and loyal following which we are immensely grateful for, NextShark is still a small bootstrapped startup that runs on no outside funding or loans.

Everything you see today is built on the backs of warriors who have sacrificed opportunities to help give Asians all over the world a bigger voice.

However, we still face many trials and tribulations in our industry, from figuring out the most sustainable business model for independent media companies to facing the current COVID-19 pandemic decimating advertising revenues across the board.

We hope you consider making a contribution so we can continue to provide you with quality content that informs, educates and inspires the Asian community. Even a $1 contribution goes a long way. Thank you for everyone’s support. We love you all and can’t appreciate you guys enough.

NextShark is a leading source covering Asian American News and Asian News including business, culture, entertainment, politics, tech and lifestyle.

For advertising and inquiries: info@nextshark.com