Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Remember Deon Kay | Two shrines - 200 block of Orange Street SE and the corner of Mellon Street & Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE DC

Deon Kay was recently shot to death by a Washington DC (MPD) police officer. A video of the shooting is online. An investigation is underway. There have been several protests at police stations and other city offices, and a heavily-attended vigil in his honor was held.

Two memorials to him have been erected, one at the site of his slaying, and another a few blocks away, near his residence. Graffiti is also beginning to appear in other parts of the city.

From a DC Police report: "Agents from the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) Internal Affairs Bureau are investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, in the 200 block of Orange Street SE, Washington DC.

At approximately 3:51 pm, uniformed patrol officers of the Seventh District responded to the listed location to investigate a man with a gun. Upon arrival, officers encountered individuals in and around a vehicle. Upon seeing the officers, two of the suspects fled on foot. During the foot pursuit, one of the suspects brandished a firearm. In response, an officer discharged their firearm one time, striking the suspect. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the suspect to an area hospital for treatment of life threatening injuries. After all life-saving efforts failed, the suspect was pronounced dead. The other suspect made good their escape and was not apprehended. The decedent has been identified as Deon Kay, 18, of Southeast DC. The decedent’s handgun was recovered.

Additionally, Marcyelle Smith, 19, of Southeast DC, was found to be in possession of a handgun, He was arrested and charged for Carrying a Pistol Without a License and Deonte Brown, 18, of Southeast, DC was arrested and charged with No Permit.

The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave, pursuant to MPD policy. Responding officers activated their body worn cameras. That footage is currently under review."

Additional material on this tragic situation is in an article in the Washington Post.

I spoke with one of his aunts, who said there is more to this situation than meets the eye. The family is in deep grief. I also briefly spoke with a young woman who was silently weeping by the shrine at the site of his shooting. 

All of this is deeply sad. 

May there be peace and justice for all concerned.
















Monday, August 31, 2020

Michael Brittingham's street memorial | 600 block of 46th Place 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, August 6, 2020, in the 600 block of 46th Place SE, Washington DC. At approximately 5:47 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male suffering multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and found no signs consistent with life. A second adult male was located at the scene, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. Additionally, a juvenile male walked into a local hospital suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The decedent has been identified as Michael Brittingham, 26, of Northeast DC. 

I spoke briefly to a person at this site, and he expressed a thoughtful desire for a wiser more peaceful situation for his community.









Police tape at the site of Taijhon Wyatt, Jr.'s murder | 5500 block of 9th Street NW DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a vehicle of interest in reference to a homicide that occurred on Monday, August 10, 2020, in the 5500 block of 9th Street NW, Washington DC. At approximately 9:34 pm, members of the Fourth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located a juvenile male suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and found no signs consistent with life. Additionally, officers located a second victim, an adult male, suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The decedent has been identified as Taijhon Wyatt, Jr., 17, of Northeast DC. 

This young man's life was lost in an alley in the Petworth neighborhood. May there be peace for him, his family, and for the community.





Flowers and memory for Ronald Brown | 3400 block of 18th 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, August 22, 2019, in the 3400 block of 18th Street SE, Washington DC.

At approximately 10:02 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the 1700 block of Trenton Place, Southeast, for the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located an unconscious adult male victim, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in the 3400 block of 18th Street, Southeast. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and found that the victim displayed no signs consistent with life. 

The decedent has been identified as Ronald Brown, 28, of Southeast DC.


This graceful memorial to Mr. Brown has been sustained for more than a year. 

Someone cares.


Site of a double homicide - Jakeem Chandler and Montrell Lucas | 1600 block of Maryland Avenue NE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, in the 1600 block of Maryland Avenue NE, Washington DC. At approximately 8:46 pm, members of the Fifth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located a juvenile male victim suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Additionally, an unconscious adult male was located inside of a hallway of a residential building, at the listed location, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. A second adult male victim was located inside of an apartment, in the same residential building, suffering from a gunshot wound. The identity of the first decedent is Jakeem Chandler, 28, of Danville, VA. The second decedent has been identified as Montrell Lucas, 18, of Alexandria, VA. The information gathered at the scene suggests that this offense occurred inside a residence at the listed location. 

This neighborhood in Northeast DC is rapidly gentrifying. I was unable to find a street memorial for these two young men, whose lives were cut short by violence. 

May there be justice and may their loved ones be comforted and sustained.



Street shrine for Christopher Brown | site of mass shooting, 3300 block of Dubois Place SE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Sunday, August 9, 2020, in the 3300 block of Dubois Place SE, Washington DC. At approximately 12:20 am, members of the Sixth District were at the listed location, due to a large gathering, when they heard the sounds of gunshots. Officers canvassed the area and located multiple victims suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported victims to area hospitals for treatment of non-life and life threatening injuries. After all life-saving efforts failed, a juvenile male victim was pronounced dead. In total, twenty-two victims sustained gunshot wounds. Two others sustained injuries while fleeing from the scene. The decedent has been identified as Christopher Brown, 17, of Northeast DC. 

According to press reports, twenty-two people were shot during a large gathering in the Greenway neighborhood. efforts re being made to calm the situation and to increase the safety of the community. 

May the many wounded recover and be healed, and may young Mr. Brown rest in peace.






In honor of Arvel Wills | 500 block of I Street NE DC

 From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Saturday, August 15, 2020, in the 500 block of I Street NE, Washington DC. At approximately 5:35 pm, members of the First and Fifth Districts responded to the listed location for the report of the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male, unconscious and unresponsive, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and 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 Arvel Wills, 31, of Northeast DC.



Saturday, July 18, 2020

Police tape for Evrett Harris | 200 block of Newton Street NE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Friday, July 10, 2020, in the 2200 block of Newton Street NE, Washington DC. At approximately 7:40 pm, members of the Fifth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located an unconscious male victim, inside of a vehicle, suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Evrett Harris, 19, of Southeast, DC.

RIP.
 

Shrine for a triple homicide - Claudette Williams, Marquise Lewis, and Juwan Wade | 5000 block of Bass Place SE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in the 5000 block of Bass Place SE, Washington DC. At approximately 1:15 am, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of the sound of gunshots. Upon arrival, officers located an unconscious male victim and an unconscious female victim, inside of a vehicle, suffering from gunshot wounds. A second unconscious adult male victim was located nearby suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and determined that the victims displayed no signs consistent with life. The decedents have been identified as Claudette Williams, 56, of Southeast DC, Marquise Lewis, 29, of Clinton, MD, and Juwan Wade, 20, of Northeast DC. 

May all three rest in perpetual peace.







Memorial to Davon McNeal | 1400 block of Cedar Street SE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Saturday, July 4, 2020, in the 1400 block of Cedar Street SE, Washington DC. At approximately 9:21 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located a juvenile male victim suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Davon McNeal, 11, of Southeast DC.

There has been a lot of attention paid to this tragedy. Davon was attending an anti-violence event organized by family members in his neighborhood when he was caught in a crossfire and slain.

By all accounts Davon was an outstanding young man, an athlete of great promise, and his vigil and funeral were attended by hundreds of family, dignitaries, neighbors, and supporters.

Young Mr. McNeal lived in an apartment complex directly behind the historic Frederick Douglass house.

May his memory ever be for a blessing.


There is much more material on this very sad situation in articles in the Washington Post. 
One is here, the other here.

Thanks to reporter/activist John Muller for his help.

Peace. Peace.



Jaszel Henderson and Terrance Griffin's shrines | 2400 block of Martin Luther King Jr Avenue SE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in the 2400 block of Martin Luther King Jr Avenue SE, Washington DC. At approximately 1:39 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, officers located two adult males and an adult female suffering from gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and determined the two male victims displayed no signs consistent with life. The female victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of life threatening injuries.
The decedents have been identified as Jaszel Henderson, 20, and Terrance Griffin, 31, both of Southeast DC.


These two memorials are just off the main avenue. May these two men have eternal rest.

Also: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Monday, July 6, 2020, in the 2400 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, Washington DC. At approximately 11:25 am, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Everett King, 52, of Southeast DC. 0

I found no evidence of a memorial for Mr. King.

Site of the slaying of John Dennis Watts V | 4600 block of Dallas Place, Temple Hills MD

From a PG County Police report: Homicide Unit detectives are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in Temple Hills, Maryland. The victim is John Dennis Watts V, 24, of Baltimore. Preliminarily, detectives do not believe this to be a random act of crime. On July 4, 2020, at approximately 9:30 pm, officers responded to the 4600 block of Dallas Place in Temple Hills for a reported shooting. When officers arrived on the scene, they located the victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to a hospital and was pronounced dead a short time later. The preliminary investigation revealed that three additional people were also shot during this incident. They suffered what appear to be non-life-threatening injuries. 

RIP

Jordyn Simmons "You Are The Wind Beneath our Wings" | 1900 block of 18th Street SE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Friday, July 3, 2020, in the 1900 block of 18th Street SE, Washington DC. At approximately 11:13 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the sound of gunshots. Upon arrival, officers located an adult female victim suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. A short time later, officers located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The decedent has been identified as Jordyn Simmons, 20, of Hyattsville, MD. 

May Ms. Simmons have peace and beauty for ever and ever, and her memory be for a blessing.






I spoke with a mother and her pre-teen son at this site, who had heard the gunshots and witnessed the aftermath of this tragic slaying. They were duly concerned about the violence in the community, and expressed frustration and fear. We shared a wish for tranquility, comity, and peace.


"Stop Killing Our Queens" - shrine for Tamika Jones | 700 block 21st Street NE DC

From a DC police report. Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Friday, July 10, 2020, in the 700 block of 21st Street NE, Washington DC. At approximately 5:18 pm, members of the Fifth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located an unconscious adult female victim suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Tamika Jones, 45, of Northeast DC. 

May this queen rest in peace.






Mural for Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery | Emerson Street and Georgia Avenue NW DC

Street mural painted as a memorial to Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery, all recently slain by police. 
It is on Emerson Street near the corner of Georgia Avenue NW, Washington DC

Black Lives Matter.

Justice.


Thanks to John Muller for the notification.


Thursday, July 2, 2020

Shrines photo in Academy Art Museum exhibition



I have a photograph of one of my DC shrines that just went on display in an exhibition, New Photography II, at the academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland. The exhibition was curated by Phillip Brookman,

Shrines to African American victims murdered by police | Black Lives Matter Plaza (16th Street NW) DC

I photographed these memorials to numerous victims of police violence that were posted at Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Lafayette Park in Washington DC, adjacent to the White House in June 2020. They were erected on a barrier fence after the Tr*mp administration blocked access to the public park. 

The area was recently renamed "Black Lives Matter Plaza" by Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington DC.

Listed on the memorials are Breonna Taylor, Stephon Clark, Botham Jean, Philando Castile, Redel Jones, Sean Reed, George Floyd, Tamir Rice, Kenny Watkins, Michael Brown, Ezell Ford, Michelle Shirley, Laquan McDonald, Jamar Clark, Trayvon Martin, and others.

Say the names. Remember them. Black Lives Matter.