Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Crime scene tape at the site of Willie James Young's slaying | 4500 block of Benning Road NE (Shrimp Boat)

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide which occurred in the 4500 block of Benning Road SE, Washington DC, on Sunday, May 8, 2016. At approximately 4:47 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to a call for the report of a man down. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an adult male, unconscious and breathing, and suffering from apparent head injuries. DC Fire and EMS personnel transported the victim to a local hospital, where he was admitted for treatment.  Further investigation revealed, the victim had been assaulted. On Saturday, May 14, 2016, the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. On Monday, May 16, 2016, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner-Maryland conducted an autopsy and determined the cause of death to be complications of head injuries and manner of death is homicide. The decedent has been identified as Willie James Young, 35, of Suitland, MD.

On Monday, May 16, 2016, Darren Jackson, 26, of Southeast, DC, was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder.

There were two other homicides in recent weeks within two blocks of this busy location at the intersection of East Capitol and Benning Roads NE in DC.

May wisdom and peace return to the neighborhood. A mending of hearts and souls.

800 block of 21st Street NE DC | Police tape at the site of Leo Hackett's death

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch have announced an arrest has been made in the fatal shooting that occurred in the 800 block of 21st Street NE, Washington DC, on Saturday, April 30, 2016. At approximately 10:42 am, members of the Fifth District responded to a call for a shooting. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital. All lifesaving efforts failed and the victim succumbed to his injuries.  The decedent has been identified as Leo Hackett, 30, of Northeast, DC. A short time later, Wilbert Whitaker, 67, was arrested.  He was charged with Second Degree Murder while Armed.  

Pain. Sorrow. Rain. Strength. Comfort. Light. Shrine to John Rufus Evans III, Deanwood Metro Station, 4700 block of Minnesota Avenue NE

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch have announced an arrest has been made in the fatal stabbing that occurred in the 4700 block of Minnesota Avenue NE Washington DC, (Deanwood Metro Station) on Monday, April 11, 2016. At approximately 11:04 am, Members of the Sixth District responded to a call for an aggravated assault. Upon arrival, they located a juvenile male suffering from an apparent stab wound.  The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment.  All lifesaving efforts proved futile, the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced. The victim has been identified as John Rufus Evans III, 15, of Northeast, DC. On Monday, April 11, 2016 at approximately 7:55 pm, members of the Homicide Branch arrested Jovante Hall 18, of Northeast, DC and charged him with Second Degree Murder while Armed.

Another 15-year old, Davonte Washington, was murdered at this same Metro station on March 26, 2016. Maurice Bellamy, 17, was charged in his death. More on this case is on WJLA.

The shrine to Mr. Evans was spotted by Charlotte Yang. Thanks to her for caring, and for careful attention.






Shoes on the wire at the site of Jaquan Lamont Haney's slaying | 4000 block of Wheeler Road 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 4000 block of Wheeler Road SE, Washington DC, on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. At approximately 10:17 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to a call for the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an adult male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital where all lifesaving efforts failed and the victim was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Jaquan Lamont Haney, 22, of Southeast, DC.

I was unable to determine for certain if these sneakers were placed for Mr. Haney, but they are in the vicinity of his recent death.

Peace.

Candles in memory of Don Lavae Willams Jr. in the 2900 Block of Nelson Place SE, Washington DC

This shrine remnant to Don Lavae Williams, Jr. is behind a small commercial area in Southeast DC. Some of his friends informed me that there a larger shrine was evident until recently. It included his photograph and other material placed in memory by friends and family.


From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 2900 Block of Nelson Place SE, Washington DC, on Sunday, May 8, 2016. At approximately 1:47 am, members of the Sixth District responded to a call for the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an adult male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital where all lifesaving efforts failed and the victim was pronounced dead.  The decedent has been identified as Don Lavae Williams, Jr., 34.   




Thursday, May 19, 2016

Memorial for Dimas Fuentes-Lazo, 800 block Kennedy Street NW, DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal stabbing that occurred in the 800 block of Kennedy Street, NW, Washington DC, on Saturday, April 23, 2016. At approximately 10:23 pm, members of the Fourth District responded to a call for stabbing. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an adult male suffering from apparent multiple stab wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital where all lifesaving efforts failed and he was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Dimas Fuentes-Lazo, 38, of Northwest, DC.

This memorial to Mr. Fuentes-Lazo is in the Petworth neighborhood.





Thank you to my friend and colleague, photographer/educator/optimist Kristian Whipple, who lives very near this site and alerted me to its presence.

Peace in the 'hood. Peace to all.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Tavon Maurice Patterson: Roses, ribbons, the cross, and a bear in memory; 15th Place SE Washington DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide which occurred in the 3200 block of 15th Place SE, Washington DC, on Thursday, October 15, 2015, at approximately 7:38 pm.              

Members of the Seventh District responded for a shooting call.  While investigating in the area, they located an adult male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.  DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported the victim to an area hospital, where the victim, identified as Tavon Maurice Patterson, 23, later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.



I was alerted to the presence of this shrine to the memory of Mr. Patterson, by my friend and resident of the neighborhood, Craig Byynes. Thank you Craig.

And blessings on the community and the circle of Mr. Patterson's friends and family.



Friday, April 1, 2016

"Wamp in Peace" Memorial for Kenvontae Jones | 800 block of Chesapeake Street SE DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Thursday, November 19, 2015 in the 100 block of Danbury Street SW, Washington DC.

At approximately 4:54 am, members of the Seventh District responded to a call for a shooting.  While investigating, they located an adult male victim unconscious, unresponsive, and suffering from gunshot wounds.  DC Fire and EMS members arrived on the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital, where all lifesaving efforts failed.  The decedent has been identified as Kenvontae Jones, 19,  of Southeast DC.

This memorial to Mr. Jones, which is in the 800 block of Chesapeake Street SE, Washington DC,  is within 100 feet of the memorial to Aubrey Dansbury.






May there be peace in the 'hood.

Aubrey Dansbury's memorial in the 800 block of Chesapeake Street SE DC

From a DC police report: On March 17, 2016, Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Homicide Branch announced that the victim in an Assault with Intent to Kill offense, which occurred on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at approximately 5:27 pm in the 800 block of Chesapeake Street SE, Washington DC, has succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.  He was identified as Aubrey Dansbury, 27,  of Southeast DC.

On Thursday, March 10, 2016, Anthony Wade, 29, of Southeast DC, was arrested and charged with Assault with Intent to Kill. His charges are now being upgraded to Second Degree Murder While Armed.

There is an excellent article in the Washington Post describing this case, and the wave of troubles that have been plaguing the neighborhood of late.




Legacy shrine, 300 block of Addison Road, Capitol Heights, MD

While searching for a possible memorial to Gilbert Hall III, who, according to a Prince Georges County police report, was slain in the 300 block of Addison Road South in Capitol Heights MD on January 30, 2016. I found this remnant of a previously built and maintained shrine. It may be for Eddie Ross, who lost his life here in 2011. The site adjoins a busy Metro station. There have been several other fatal losses in this block over the years.


Unknown shrine / 600 block of 51st St SE DC

This possible shrine is in the 600 block of 51st St SE, Washington DC. There have been several homicides in this area over the years, but I was unable to ascertain who, if anyone, this colorful structure calls to memory.

Shrine for Adam Edwin Barker, 2700 block Langston Pl SE DC

From a DC police report:  Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch have announced an arrest was made in a fatal shooting that occurred in the 2700 block of Langston Place SE, Washington DC, on Monday, February 29, 2016. At approximately 4:19 pm, members of the Seventh District heard the sounds of gunshots and responded to the location. Upon arrival, they located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.  The victim was identified as Adam Edwin Barker, 21. On Friday, March 18, 2016, Paul Swann, 24, was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder While Armed.

This memorial to Mr. Barker is in the Woodland Terrace neighborhood of DC. Peace, seriously, peace.




Friday, March 4, 2016

Street memorial of Dante Kinard in the 1800 block of Benning Road NE, Washington DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that resulted from a shooting that occurred in the 1800 block of Benning Road NE, Washington DC, on Friday, February 19, 2016. At approximately 9:42 pm, members of the Fifth District responded to a call for a shooting.  Upon arrival, they located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound.  The victim, identified as Dante Kinard, 21, was transported to a local hospital for treatment, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

I spoke briefly with some of his friends at the site. They were quiet and respectful, as evidenced by the message on the shrine "Respect the Dead."

Yes.








Birthday memorial for Delonte Jackson | Unit block of 46th St SE Washington DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide which occurred in the Unit block of 46th Street SE, Washington DC. On Friday, March 14, 2014, at approximately 7:08 pm, police officers from the Sixth Patrol District were dispatched to the Unit block of 46th Street SE, Washington, D.C., for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, they located an adult male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds inside a vehicle located in the Unit block of 46th Street SE. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel transported the victim, identified as Delonte Jackson, 30, of Southeast, Washington, DC, to a local hospital, where he was admitted in critical condition. On Saturday, March 15, 2014, all lifesaving efforts failed, and the victim was pronounced dead at a local hospital.  

There is also information on the case at HomicideWatch.

This shrine was erected on what would have been Mr. Jackson's 32nd birthday by his mother, Hilda Jackson, his sons, and his partner, and other family members. Ms. Jackson has kept her son's memory alive, and has spoken of her son's death as a pain beyond what any mother should have to bear.

I wish her and this family every strength, comfort, peace, and blessing.






Shrine for Crystal Hamilton / 15000 block of Lashmere Court in Woodbridge, Virginia | Honoring the service of Officer Ashley Guindon

From a Prince William Police report: On February 27, 2016, at 5:37 PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 15000 block of Lashmere Court in Woodbridge, Virginia, for an initial report of a domestic altercation. When officers arrived on scene, they approached the front door of the home and were confronted by a suspect, later identified as the accused. The accused was armed with a firearm and opened fire, striking three county police officers who sustained critical wounds. Additional officers arrived at the residence and the accused surrendered to police without further incident. Officers also provided life-saving first aid to the wounded officers until Fire & Rescue crews could get on scene. All three officers were flown to Fairfax INOVA Hospital where one of the officers, identified as Officer Ashley Guindon, died as a result of her injuries. After securing the suspect, officers conducted a search of the home and located an adult woman, identified as Crystal Hamilton, inside deceased from gunshot related injuries. An 11-year old boy was also inside the residence at the time of the incident and fled the home at some point during the encounter. The child was not injured and will be released to the custody of other family members. The investigation revealed that the accused and his wife were involved in a verbal altercation which escalated physically. The wife was able to contact police; however, before officers could arrive, she was allegedly shot and killed by the accused. The remaining two officers shot during the encounter remain hospitalized at this time. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested and charged. This is Prince William County's fourth line of duty death since the department's inception in 1970 and only the second officer to be killed feloniously in the line of duty. Arrested on February 27: Ronald Williams Hamilton, 32. Charged with 1 count of capital murder of a police officer, 1 count of first degree murder, 2 counts of malicious wounding of a police officer, and 2 counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony  

Ms. Hamilton was killed in a domestic dispute, in a prosperous, quiet, well-kept neighborhood. According to reports, she had led an exemplary life.

The slain officer, Ashley Guindon, showed great promise, and was rightly honored in a large public service and display by County officials and police services.

May their memories be for a blessing, and may justice be served.

There is considerably more information about this situation in the Washington Post.