Monday, November 28, 2016

Memorial for Breyona McMillian, Potomac Gardens, 1200 block of I Street SE DC

Breyona McMillian, 16, was shot down on November 25, 2016, when a gunman fired into a crowd in the Potomac Gardens apartment complex. It appears that she was not an intended target. By all accounts she was a promising and positive young woman, whose life was tragically ended in a storm of completely senseless violence.

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 1200 block of I Street SE, Washington DC, on Friday, November 25, 2016. At approximately 11:42 am, members of the First District responded to the listed location for a report of the Sounds of Gunshots. Upon arrival, members located a juvenile female suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS personnel responded to the scene and transported the victim,  identified as Breyona McMillian, 16, of Southeast DC, to an area hospital. All lifesaving efforts failed and she was pronounced dead.

The mayor and acting police chief have decried this sad situation, and have stepped up efforts for security in the area, to bring some justice to Ms. McMillian and her grieving family.and friends.

This memorial to her life is in a courtyard near the site of her slaying. The "Love not hate" sign appears in a window directly across the courtyard from where the shrine has been erected.

There is more on this sad situation in the Washington Post.

Peace. Shalom. ברוך דיין האמת. Blessed be the True Judge.  










Friday, October 28, 2016

Street memorial to Deon Calvin Smith, 4600 block Livingston Rd SE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 4600 block of Livingston Road SE, Washington DC, on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. At approximately 9:31 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, members located two victims suffering from gunshot wounds. The first victim was an adult male, unconscious and unresponsive, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital, where all lifesaving efforts failed and he was pronounced dead. The second victim located at the scene was an adult female suffering from a gunshot wound. She was transported to a local hospital in stable condition. The decedent has been identified as 19-year-old Deon Calvin Smith, of Oxon Hill, MD.

I spoke at this large and vibrant street memorial with his older brother. The shrine was built with a vigil on the site of Deon Smith's death, across the street from where it is now (the property management company did not want it on their lot). He had been shot eight times. There was a vigil held for him by his friends and family, and many libations were poured. There were initially many liquor bottles on the site in honor of Deon's life, but the DC police put a notice on the shrine, and removed the bottles after 30 days. Mr. Smith leaves behind a young son, and his girlfriend is pregnant with another. The children are being cared for by the family. He had grown up and lived in this neighborhood his entire life.

A wish for wisdom, justice, and peace for all concerned.

A video in Deon Smith's memory, which includes a view of this shrine, has been posted by the rap group Duffy Gang.











Police tape | Doran Melvin Woodson, 5200 block of Just Street NE DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 5200 block of Just Street NE, Washington DC, Saturday, September 17, 2016. At approximately 10:41 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to a call for a shooting. Upon arrival, they discovered an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  DC Fire and EMS responded to the scene and determined life-saving efforts were futile.  The victim remained on the scene until being transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The decedent has been identified as 28-year-old Doran Melvin Woodson of Northeast, DC.


Police tape | Eric Garrett, 2300 block of 11th Street NW DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 2300 block of 11th Street NW, Washington DC, on Monday, September 12, 2016. At approximately 12:26 am, members of the Third District responded to a call for a shooting. Upon arrival, they discovered an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS personnel responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital. On Sunday, September 18, 2016, the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as 23-year-old Eric Garrett, of Northwest, DC.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Terrence Sterling shrine, 3rd and M streets NW DC

This memorial to Mr. Sterling is at the site of his death. There have been protests there regarding the role of the DC police.

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau responded to a police-involved shooting that occurred on Sunday, September 11, 2016, at the corner of 3rd Street and M Street NW, Washington DC

At approximately 4:30 am, an officer observed a motorcyclist driving recklessly near the 1700 block of U Street, Northwest. A few minutes later, another MPD officer observed a motorcycle matching the same description near 3rd Street and M Street, Northwest. When the officer was exiting the passenger side of his marked police cruiser to stop the driver, the motorcyclist intentionally drove into the passenger door and the officer fired his service weapon.

The motorcyclist, identified as Terrence Sterling, 31, of Fort Washington, Maryland, was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The officer involved in this incident did not sustain serious injuries and has been placed on administrative leave.

For additional information, see also this news report: http://heavy.com/news/2016/09/terrence-sterling-terence-washington-d-c-police-shooting-body-camera-cam-video-unarmed-terrance-protests-kaepernick/





Friday, September 9, 2016

Shrines for Kevin Anthony Jackson II | 1900 block of 17th Street SE

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 1900 block of 16th Street SE, Washington DC, on Thursday, September 1, 2016. At approximately 2:19 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the area and located a juvenile male suffering from a gunshot wound.  Members also located an adult male, suffering from a gunshot wound in the 1900 block of 17th Street, Southeast.  DC Fire and EMS personnel responded to the scene and transported both victims to an area hospital.  The adult male victim is in critical but stable condition. The juvenile male victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced. The decedent has been identified as Kevin Anthony Jackson II, 17,  of Southeast, DC.

There were two shrines erected in the neighborhood for Mr. Jackson. One of the shrines, at the site of his passing, was pointed out to me by one of his friends.

According to an article in the Washington Post, there was a vigil held in his memory.“There was promise in him,” said Troy Prestwood, an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in the Anacostia area. “People liked him.” His family and friends “wanted to honor this young man whose life was snuffed out by senseless violence...” He was a student at Anacostia High School, and “I’m sure he was thinking about his future,” Prestwood said.




Double homicide. Street memorial for Raeshard Blue and Treyvon Johnson | 300 block of 34th Street NE

From a DC police report: On Friday, August 26, 2016 in the 300 block of 34th Street NE Washington DC,  at approximately 11:33 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to reports of a shooting. Upon arrival, they located two adult male victims suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS transported victim one to an area hospital, where all lifesaving efforts failed and he was pronounced. The second victim was treated on scene, where he was pronounced. The decedents were identified as Raeshard Blue, 40, and Treyvon Johnson, 27, both of Northeast, DC.




Teddy bears for Lamar Purnell Parrish | 2500 block of 14th Street NE

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 2500 block of 14th Street NE, Washington DC, on Friday, September 2, 2016. At approximately 12:39 am, members of the Fifth District responded to a call for a shooting. Upon arrival, they discovered an adult male, unconscious and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS personnel responded to the scene and determined that there were no signs consistent with life. The decedent has been identified as Lamar Purnell Parrish, 28, of Northeast, DC.

Memorial for Tony Jermaine Gates | 1000 block of Rhode Island Avenue NE

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 1000 block of Rhode Island Avenue NE, Washington DC, on Monday, August 29, 2016. At approximately 11:46 pm, members of the Fifth District responded to the listed location and located an adult male, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire & EMS transported the victim to an area hospital. Once admitted to the hospital, all lifesaving efforts failed, and the victim was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Tony Jermaine Gates, 24, of Southeast, DC.



This memorial to Mr. Gates is in a quiet site along a very busy DC thoroughfare. The police crime tape is also along Rhode Island Avenue.

RIP Tank and Poody | 1000 block of Rhode Island Avenue NE

RIP Tank and Poody.

This concrete sidewalk memorial is in the 1000 block of Rhode Island Avenue NE, Washington DC.

Simp City may be a reference to Simple City (Benning Terrace, a neighborhood east of the Anacostia River, some distance from this site).

The date on sidewalk is 12/13/09.

 I have no other information.

Friday, August 26, 2016

"Farewell to our beloved Taiwo Oduwole" | Memorial in the 9700 block of Brandywine Road, Clinton, MD

From WTOP News: Prince George’s County police arrived around 5 a.m. on August 20, 2016 at a 7-Eleven on the 9700 block of Brandywine Road in Clinton, Maryland, and found old Taiwo Oduwole, 31, of Upper Marlboro, inside with gun shot wounds after an attempted robbery. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Prince George’s County police released surveillance photos of the suspect Saturday afternoon, showing a man with a black, gray and red backpack and a gray and black coat. Police said they believe the same suspect may have robbed a hotel in the 7900 block of Malcolm Road shortly after the shooting.
This very sad shrine in memory of Mr. Oduwole has been erected at the store where he worked. A vigil in his honor was scheduled on the site on Sunday August 27th.

I pray for peace and justice for him, his family, and the community.






Those excerpts from an article from the Washington Post speak volumes:
"In the short time he worked at the store, regular customers of the 7-Eleven on Brandywine Road in Clinton, Md., were almost always greeted by the quiet, friendly smile of Taiwo Oduwole.
The native of Nigeria was behind the counter “morning, noon and night” as he worked to pay for his master’s degree, said Phyllis Boone, a longtime Clinton resident who often visited the convenience store. “He was the face of the 7-Eleven,” Boone said. “You can’t walk into the store without seeing him.
But Sunday morning, during one of Oduwole’s early shifts, a masked man armed with a gun entered the store and demanded money, police said. The man assaulted Oduwole, who managed to jump over the counter in an attempt to escape. Then the gunman shot Oduwole in the back — twice. “Our suspect raised his gun, pointed it at our victim and shot him in his back one time,” said Capt. Brian Reilly, the head of the homicide unit for Prince George’s County Police. As Oduwole made it out the door, “the suspect then, a second time, raised his gun and shot Mr. Oduwole in the back again. Mr. Oduwole collapsed in the parking lot.” Police released video Monday of a suspect wanted in connection with Oduwole’s slaying. Police hope that the images showing a man wearing a distinct North Face jacket with a backpack attached to it will lead to an arrest in the killing of the recent immigrant from Nigeria. Oduwole, 31, died at a local hospital. The gunman left the convenience store without any money, Reilly said.
“This is an absolutely senseless crime that should have never taken place,” Reilly said of Oduwole’s shooting. “It’s a heartless and cowardly act.” Family gathered at Oduwole’s home in Upper Marlboro on Monday were too grief-stricken to speak at length. “It’s tough to talk about right now,” said a man at the door who identified himself as Oduwole’s brother but did not provide his name. The man described his brother as an intelligent, kindhearted and decent person. “He touched everyone who he comes across,” Oduwole’s brother said. “Everybody misses him.” Keith Turner, an active member of the community and regular customer, was at the store early Monday morning with Boone and other neighbors to remember Oduwole. “He was really nice,” Turner said of Oduwole. “He didn’t have to die over some money.” A police flier showing an image of the suspect sought by police was taped to the front of the store. Turner pointed at the man’s picture and called him “trifling.” “We’ve got to come together, get this guy and make him an example,” Turner said. Boone, who also was at the ­7-Eleven on Monday morning, remembered Oduwole as someone who was respectful and generous. When kids in the neighborhood came into the store and they couldn’t afford a drink or a treat, Oduwole would often take some of his own money and pay for them, Boone said. She called Oduwole’s killing “disgusting.” “This coward has taken away a beautiful person in this community,” said Boone, who has lived in the Clinton area for 25 years. “He had just a wonderful spirit.”


Dante Miller | street memorial, 1200 block of 18th Place NE DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 1200 block of 18th Place NE, Washington DC, on Sunday, August 21, 2016. At approximately 2:05 am, members of the Fifth District heard the sounds of gunshots. Officers responded to the area and located an adult male, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire & EMS found no signs consistent with life. The victim remained on the scene until being transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The decedent has been identified as Dante Miller, 24.

The were two sections to this memorial to Mr. Brooks.
A line written on the memorial:
"...what's done at night will come to light. Amen...
Men & Men. Respect Men"

Rest in peace.







Douglas " Swipey" Brooks. Music is Life. Site of his slaying in the 3600 block of Parkway Terrace Drive, Suitland MD.

From WTOP News: An 18-year-old man who was fatally shot early Sunday morning in Suitland, Maryland, has been identified as an up-and-coming rapper. Police found the victim, Douglas Brooks of Suitland, Maryland , known also as  “Swipey,”  suffering from a gunshot wound just after 1 a.m. on August 21, 2016 in the 3600 block of Parkway Terrace Drive, in Suitland, Maryland, Prince George’s County police said in a news release. Brooks was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives were still working to identify any suspects or motives. Police do not believe the shooting was a random crime.
 
There is an extensive article on Mr. Brooks in the Washington Post.

A Prince George Police report on the situation can be viewed here.

Matthew Walker | Police crime tape, 900 block of Eastern Avenue NE, Washington DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 900 block of Eastern Avenue NE, Washington DC,  on Sunday, August 7, 2016.
At approximately 1:25 am, members of the Sixth District responded to a call for a shooting. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an adult male suffering from gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS personnel responded to the scene and determined that there were no signs consistent with life.  The decedent has been identified as Matthew Walker, 26.

This police crime tape marking the site of Mr. Walker's demise was beneath a balcony in a garden apartment complex.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Flags for Seth Rich | 2100 block Flagler Pl NW DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 2100 block of Flagler Place NW, Washington DC, on Sunday, July 10, 2016. At approximately 4:19 am, members of the Fifth District were patrolling the area when they heard gunshots. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an adult male victim conscious and breathing, and suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Seth Conrad Rich, 27, of Northwest DC.

Mr. Rich was a staff member at the Democratic National Committee. A large vigil was held in his memory and honor. Additional coverage is in a Washington Post article, and on Fox5 News (the Fox piece has photographs of the vigil, and some items initially left at the scene). Washington Jewish Week and the Forward also have coverage.









Street memorial for Sidney Washington / 1300 block 49th St NE, DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau responded to a police-involved shooting that occurred on Monday, July 4, 2016, in the 1300 block of 49th Street NE, Washington DC.
At approximately 10:52 pm, Metro Transit Police responded to the location to investigate a large crowd setting off fireworks. Upon arrival, officers observed an individual holding a weapon and identified themselves as police. The suspect fired multiple rounds at the officers before one of the officers discharged his service weapon striking the suspect. The suspect was transported to an area hospital, in critical condition, where he later succumbed to his injuries. The officer involved in this incident was not injured. The decedent has been identified as Sidney Washington Jr. 21, of Southeast, DC.
The suspect’s weapon was recovered on the scene.  This case remains under investigation.