Two weeks in, few details in homicide investigation

casey.grove@adn.comJanuary 31, 2013 

T.R.E.L Zawko family

Sean Zawko holds photos and displays the name of his son T.R.E.L Zawko at his Anchorage home on January 30, 2013. Police say roommates found the body of T.R.E.L. at his Midtown home. The death is being investigated as a homicide.

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Anchorage homicide detectives investigating the slaying of T.R.E.L. Zawko have revealed little in the two weeks since Zawko's roommates found him dead at his home.

Meanwhile, the 21-year-old's family and many friends continue to wait for answers. A police spokeswoman said Thursday no one is charged or in custody in the case and the detectives working on it have no new information to release.

Police say Zawko's roommates found him dead inside their Crescent Drive home in Midtown on the afternoon of Jan. 18. Detectives announced the next day that someone had killed Zawko but they have refused to say why they think foul play is involved, if they are looking for a suspect or how Zawko died.

Sean Zawko, the victim's father, said a police officer knocked on the family's door that Friday afternoon to deliver the news.

"It was the worst thing in the world," Zawko said. "I was kind of losing control."

Between four and six people live at the house, said the elder Zawko, who learned most of what he knows about his son's death from the roommates and what he saw for himself at a funeral home later. The two roommates who found their fun-loving friend, known to many as "T," told the Zawko family they were inside the house and he was in the garage, apparently doing laundry.

Hours later, after crime scene investigators and detectives had looked over the garage, a medical examiner removed the body, Sean Zawko said. The father had one last chance to see his son before the body was cremated, he said.

"I saw his body. I saw his face," Zawko said. "I hadn't seen him in a while and I needed some closure, which -- I didn't get any closure whatsoever."

A police spokeswoman said Thursday that detectives continue to investigate.

Reach Casey Grove at or 257-4589.

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