Thursday, October 23, 2014

Memorial for Breond Keys / 1400 block of Good Hope Road SE, DC.

This memorial to Mr. Keys is along a busy section of Good Hope Road in the historic section of Anacostia. It is just a few steps away from Ketcham Elementary School.

His family and friends appear to have cared very much for him.

From a DC police report: 1400 block of Good Hope Rd SE  On Friday, October 10, 2014, at approximately 11:20 am, members of the Seventh District responded for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, the victim Breond Keys, 38, was discovered inside an establishment suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The suspect in the slaying is described as a black male wearing blue jeans and a dark colored hoodie.









More information is on on HomicideWatch.

Police tape for Johnie Lee Resper; Third and Adams Streets NW DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide which occurred near the intersection of 3rd and Adams Streets NE, Washington DC. On Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at approximately 3:04 pm, members of the Fifth District responded to a call for shooting. Upon arrival, they located the victim, Johnie Lee Resper, 18, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, in the 200 block of Adams Street, NE suffering from gunshot wounds.

The tape marking the area of Johnie Lee Resper's slaying was blowing in the wind when I documented the site.


More information is at HomicideWatch.


Shoes on a wire, 2600 block of Birney Place SE DC

I found this set of colorful shoes tossed over a wire on Birney Place SE, in DC.

I do not know for certain if they are a memorial to Mr. Edon, who was recently slain in this block.

In any event, I wish him, his family, and this neighborhood, justice and peace.

From a DC police report: On Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at approximately 1:36 am, police officers from the Seventh District responded to a call for the sounds of gunshots in the 2600 block of Wade Road SE, Washington DC. Following a systematic canvas, they located the victim, identified as Ronnie Scharrod Edon, 19, of Forestville, Maryland, in the 2600 block of Birney Place SE, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. DC Fire and EMS arrived on the scene and found no signs consistent with life.

More information is on HomicideWatch.



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Double shrine for Tracy Womack / 4600 Block Benning Road SE DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announced an arrest has been made in the homicide which occurred in the 4600 block of Benning Road, SE, Washington DC. On Saturday, September 20, 2014 at approximately 1:32 am, members of the Sixth District responded to a call for stabbing. Upon arrival, they located the victim, Tracy Womack, 39, of Southeast, DC.
On Sunday, September 21, 2014, members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Mark Kenyetta Bowser, Jr., 35, of Capitol Heights, MD, and charged him with Murder Two While Armed, in connection with the homicide of Ms. Tracy Womack.

There were two shrines for Ms. Womack at this site on Benning Road. The libation bottles were placed by the road near the entrance to her apartment complex, and the bears and baby shoe were on a porch.

May she and her family know peace, and may justice be served.




There is more information on this situation at HomicideWatch.

Marked location, 3100 block Newton St NE DC, for Anthony Miller

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide which occurred in the 3100 block of Newton Street NE, Washington DC. On Sunday, September 7, 2014, at approximately 12:00 am, members from the Fifth District responded for the report of a shooting. The victim, Anthony Miller Jr. 22, was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

This police tape is on the corner of Newton Street and Eastern Avenue NE, on the Washington DC/Maryland line.

There is more on this case at HomicideWatch.

RIP.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Street Shrine to "Jess" in the 6800 block of Forest terrace, Landover MD. Never Forgotten.

I found this older street memorial to "Jess" in the 6800 block Forest Terrace of Landover, Maryland.
I could find no data on this person or situation. there have been several homicides in the area over the years, but none that were in this block that match "Jess's" description, nor have their been other area homicides that I could determine were the person this shrine honors. The flowers and liquor bottles and new red mulch appear to part of an ongoing tribute.

I encountered this shrine while looking for anything regarding the sad case of Knijah Amore Bibb, 3 years old, was shot and slain in the 6900 block of this street on August 10, 2014.




Site of Dexter Motley's demise - the unit block of 46th Place NE

From a DC police report: On Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at approximately 9:32 pm, shot spotter detected multiple gunshots on the 4600 block of East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC. Moments later, members from the Sixth District responded to a call for a shooting at 46th Place and Central Avenue, NE. Upon arrival, they discovered two adult males suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Victim # 1 was located in the unit block of 46th Place, NE, and victim # 2 was located in the unit block of 46th Street, NE. DC Fire and EMS transported victim # 1, identified as Dexter Motley, 25, to a local hospital where he was admitted in critical condition but subsequently succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. Victim # 2 was also transported to a local hospital where he was listed in stable condition.

Mr. Motley's slaying occurred immediately behind the well-known local landmark, the Shrimp Boat. There have been two or three other homicides in this immediate area within the past year.

I hope the community and his family is able to grow the resources for peace, safety, and healing.

More and ongoing information is available on HomicideWatch.



Shrine remnants for Damato Coates, Riverdale Road, New Carrolton

From a Prince Georges Police release:  On August 5, 2014, at about 3:50 am, New Carrollton Police Department patrol officers were called to the 7800 block of Riverdale Road, New Carrollton, Maryland, for the report of a shooting. When they arrived, they found a man behind an apartment building suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim, Damato Anthony Coates, 24, was pronounced dead on the scene. Preliminarily, detectives do not believe this was a random shooting.

This small remnant of a memorial was behind an apartment building in a large complex.


Peace to all.

Monday, July 14, 2014

"...Love You Uncle Alonzo" - Shrine to Alonzo Beasley, 22nd and I Streets NE

From a DC police report: On Sunday, July 6, 2014, at approximately 3:33 pm officers from the Fifth District responded to a call for a stabbing at 22nd and I Streets NE, Washington DC. Upon their arrival, an adult male was located suffering from stab wounds to the body. Personnel from DC Fire and EMS transported the victim, identified as Alonzo Gregory Beasley, 52, to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at approximately 1:25 pm, pursuant to an arrest warrant, members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Malik Bilal, 38. He was charged with Second Degree Murder While Armed in the death of Alonzo Gregory Beasley.



More information is on on HomicideWatch.


RIP Xavier Lyles- memorial to a child on Pomeroy Road SE

From a DC police report: On Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at approximately 11:07 am, police officers from the Seventh Patrol District responded to a call for service for the report of an unconscious child in the 2500 block of Pomeroy Road SE, Washington DC. Upon arrival, they located a male toddler, identified as Xavier Lyles, 3, unconscious and unresponsive. DC Fire and EMS found no signs consistent with life. The cause of death was determined to be multiple blunt force injuries. The manner was ruled a homicide


I spoke with three ladies near this child's shrine. They said that the recent rains had washed away much of the shrine, including the little boy's photograph.

One woman told me she had built a shrine to her slain daughter just up the block a few years ago.

A blessing from whatever heaven his family can find, and wings of peace for his innocent soul.

More information is on HomicideWatch.

Memorial for India Chapple on Pomeroy Road SE

I found this memorial after some neighbors pointed it out to me. Ms. Chapple lost her life in April 2014. Her shrine has been maintained for some months by her loved ones. It is within 100 feet of the memorial for Xavier Lyles



From a DC police report: On Saturday, April 19, 2014, at approximately 2:17 am, officers from the Seventh District responded to a call for the report of an unconscious person in the 2500 block of Pomeroy Road SE, Washington DC. Upon arrival, they located an adult female, identified as India Chapple, 26, suffering from an apparent stab wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services arrived on the scene and transported her to a local hospital for treatment where she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead.

On Saturday, April 19, 2014, at approximately 10:45 am, Tracy Mathis, 30, was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder While Armed in the stabbing death of India Chapple.

There is additional and ongoing information about this case on HomicideWatch.

My justice be served, and her loved ones know peace.

RIP Mary Anne Thomas | 1200 block of Howison Place SW

From a DC police report: On Friday, June 27, 2014, at approximately 4:15 am, members from the First District responded to a call for a check on the welfare in the 1200 block of Howison Place SW, Washington DC. Upon arrival, they located an adult female unconscious and unresponsive inside the residence.  DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel responded and found no signs consistent with life.  The decedent, identified as Mary Anne Thomas, 53, was subsequently transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia where an autopsy was conducted and determined the decedent suffered a gunshot wound.

The neighborhood she lived in is very near both Arena Stage and the National's Stadium.

There is more information on Ms. Thomas's case at HomicideWatch.

Peace.

Friday, July 11, 2014

"A light in the neighborhood" Memorial for James Oh, 5500 block of Colorado Avenue NW









From a DC police report: On Friday, July 4, 2014, at approximately 5:19 pm, members from the Fourth District responded to a call for a robbery in progress in the 5500 block of Colorado Avenue, NW, Washington DC. Upon arrival, they located an adult male semi-conscious and suffering from head trauma. DC Fire and EMS transported the victim, identified as James Oh, 76, to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

His wife, Soonai, was also injured in the robbery.

I spoke with several people at the site, many of whom were involved in building it. Mr. Oh and his wife were beloved fixtures in the community, known for their humor, kindness, and generosity.

Two of the notes on the memorial to Mr. Oh read, in part:
"You were a light in the neighborhood and will be missed"
and in crayon, in a child's hand:
"I love you for all the candy and ice cream. You are so special."

May he and his family have peace, and may justice be served.

There is a thoughtful article about Mr. Oh in the Washington Post.

More information can be followed at HomicideWatch.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Memorial shrine for 50 Grand / Daniel Calvin Short, of Southeast DC

From a DC police report: On Sunday, February 23, 2014, at approximately 3:30 am, members of the First District responded to the area of the 5th and K Streets NE, Washington DC, for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. DC Fire and EMS transported the victim, identified as Daniel Calvin Short, 36, of Southeast Washington, DC, to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

This shrine to the memory of Mr. Short is in the 4100 block of 1st Street SE, Washington DC. It was erected by his brother and others in his circle. It includes a painting, shelves, carpeting, a table, and other special features to honor his memory. Mr. Short left children, who are being cared for by the family.

Peace.

There is more information to be found at HomicideWatch.









Thank you to David Hafner and Theresa Moorleghan for their support in the documentation of this memorial.