Thursday, June 1, 2017

"RIP AL "| Memorial for Algernon Harvey Jones in the 100 block of Q Street NW DC

According to an article in the Washington Post, eight people were shot in a hail of bullets in the Truxton Circle neighborhood of Washington DC on May 27, 2017. One person, Algernon Harvey Jones, died from the gunfire. Two additional shootouts then occurred in the community within the next 48 hours.

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 100 block of Q Street NW, Washington DC, on Saturday, May 27, 2017. At approximately 1:01 am, members of the Fifth District were alerted to the sound of gunshots. Upon arrival, they located an unconscious adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS responded to the scene and found no signs consistent with life. The victim remained on the scene until transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
The decedent has been identified as Algernon Harvey Jones, 32, of Southeast, DC

This memorial has been erected in honor and memory of Mr. Jones.

There was a significant police presence in the neighborhood when I documented this site. May their work, and the work of many others, help bring peace and justice to this community.


Monday, May 29, 2017

In memory of Charnice Milton / Good Hope and Naylor Roads SE DC

Fliers promoting the opening of a bookstore named in her honor, police posters that offer a reward for the arrest of her killer, and the deep impact of a bullet mark a bus shelter at the intersection of Good Hope and Naylor Roads SE, Washington DC; the site of the death of journalist Charnice Milton.



From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at approximately 9:41 pm.
Officers investigating the sound of gunshots in the area of Good Hope and Naylor Roads SE located an adult female suffering from an apparent gunshot wound in the 2700 block of Good Hope Road SE. The decedent was transported to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. The decedent has been identified as Charnice Milton, 27, of Southeast, DC.

Ms. Milton was a highly-respected young journalist covering the community she grew up in.

Her killers have not been found.

A bookstore named in her honor has just opened in the basement of We Act Radio at 1918 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Washington DC. Her colleague, reporter and noted local historian John Muller, was instrumental in bringing about this appropriate living tribute to Ms. Milton.

May her work and memory ever be for a blessing.

Thanks to John Muller for his significant help in this matter.

FYI: Ivy Tonnett Smith, 39, was also slain at this bus stop on March 6, 2016, as reported by the DC police and WJLA TV.

May she too, and this community, know peace.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Lieutenant Richard Wilbur Collins III / University of Maryland campus in College Park MD / "I hope heaven is everything you could ever dream of"

On May 20, 2017, at approximately 3:05 am, Richard Wilbur Collins III, 23, was stabbed to death on Regents Drive on the University of Maryland campus in College Park, Maryland, according to a report by the University of Maryland Police.

Sean Christopher Urbanski, 22, has been charged with the slaying.

Mr. Collins had just recently received his commission as a lieutenant in the United States Army, and was scheduled to graduate from Bowie State University.

According to numerous witnesses, the attack was unprovoked. The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are investigating the slaying as a possible hate crime.

A vigil was held at the site of the slaying, and the graduation ceremony at Bowie State University this week incorporated moving honors to the life and memory of Lieutenant Collins.

There has been extensive local and national attention paid to this tragic situation. The Washington Post, NPR, CNN, and others all have meaningful extensive online articles.

The funeral and memorial at Bowie State University are covered in an AP article published by the Washington Post.

May justice be served, and there be comfort and peace for the family and friends of this fine young individual.







Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Shrine to unknown person, 200 block of Zelma Avenue, Capitol Heights MD

While looking for a possible shrine built for Jan Cotto, who was slain in the 200 block of Zelma Ave, Capitol Heights, Maryland, on April 6, 2017, I encountered this older memorial in the immediate vicinity. This shrine appears briefly in a NBC news video. A child, Demetri Hooper, 6 months old, was also slain in this block in 2016.

I believe this shrine is possibly for an older incident. I cannot find anything on the situation.

Peace to these departed souls, and to this community.






Gone too soon | Shrine for Damonta Thompson in the 100 block of Irvington Street SW DC

From  DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 100 block of Irvington Street SW, Washington DC, on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. At approximately 2:07 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to a report of a shooting. Upon arrival on the scene, officers located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and EMS personnel arrived on the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead.
The decedent has been identified as Damonta Thompson, 25, of Southwest, DC.

This exceptionally large and varied shrine reflects the care that his loved ones have for his memory.

Thanks to reporter John Muller for his support.














Long Live A Legend / Shrine to Charles Garris / 1200 block of Talbert Street SE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting which occurred in the 1200 block of Talbert Street SE, Washington DC. On Thursday, May 16, 2013, at approximately 3:32 pm, units from the Seventh District responded to the 1200 block of Talbert Street, SE for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, they located an adult male inside an apartment suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel responded to the scene and determined that the victim had no signs consistent with life. The decedent is identified as Charles Garris, 28, of Southwest, Washington, DC.

Thanks to reporter John Muller for his help discovering this ongoing memorial.

Peace to the memory of Mr. Garris.

Shrine for Michael Derricote (one love li'l bro) 3500 block of Stanton Road SE DC

This large shrine had many people in the vicinity when I documented it.

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 3500 block of Stanton Road SE, Washington DC, on Friday, April 14, 2017. At approximately 8:05 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to a report of the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival on the scene, officers located two adult males. Each was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS personnel were called to the scene and transported both victims to local hospitals. The first victim was admitted with life threatening injuries. The second victim was admitted in critical but stable condition. On Sunday, April 30, 2017, the first victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Michael Derricote, 26, of Upper Marlboro, MD.

Thanks to reporter John Muller for his assistance.






RIP Antwan Jones | 2100 block of Alabama Avenue SE DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Homicide Branch seek the public's assistance in identifying and locating a person of interest in a fatal shooting which occurred in the 2100 block of Alabama Avenue SE, Washington DC, on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. At approximately 3:45 pm, officers from the Seventh District responded to the 2100 block of Alabama Avenue, Southeast, for the report of a shooting. While responding, members of the Seventh District located a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Stanton Road and Alabama Avenue, Southeast. Members discovered that the driver and passenger, of one of the involved vehicles, were suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS transported both adult male victims to an area hospital, where one of the victims succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The other victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The decedent was identified as Antwan Jones, 31, of Arlington, VA.

Thanks to reporter for John Muller for his help.


Shrine Tree / for Veezy and crew / 1400 block of Howard Road SE DC

A 'shrine tree'  to Veezy and several other people slain in the Manor neighborhood of Old Barry Farm. This ongoing memorial is in the 1400 block of Howard Road SE, Washington DC.
Pictured at the site Jayon, also know as J-man, who told us that Veezy was his godfather.

I found this tree shrine to multiple homicide victims very touching and quite unusual.

May the wars cease, and peace be upon the land and in our hearts.

Thanks to Jayon and reporter John Muller for their kind help.









RIP Devon and RIP Lil Len / 2600 block Bowen Rd SE DC

Two shrines in cement to Davon and to Len, who lost their lives in the Manor neighborhood of Old Barry Farm, in Southest DC. The area is called "Da Manor," or sometimes Oxford Manor.

Peace.

Thanks to Jayon/J-Man and reporter John Muller for their help.





RIP Orlando Donald Silver, III / shrine in the 1300 block of Howard Road SE DC

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch have announced a second arrest has been made in the fatal shooting that occurred in the 1300 block of Howard Road SE, Washington DC, on Sunday, November 27, 2016. At approximately 4:12 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to a call for a shooting. Upon arrival, members located an adult male, unconscious and unresponsive, suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and EMS responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital where all lifesaving efforts failed and he was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Orlando Donald Silver, III, 37, of Washington, DC.

Pictured  at the shrine is Jayon, also know as J-man, Orlando Donald Silver, III's cousin. The neighborhood is called "Da Manor," or sometimes Oxford Manor. Jayon said his cousin was a good person, and visits the shrine often.

Thanks to reporter John Muller for his help in finding this site, and his knowledge of the community.





Thursday, April 13, 2017

Shrine in the unit block of M Street NE DC (Jamar Morris)

I found this shrine in the unit block of M Street NE, Washington DC. I believe it may be in memory of Jamar Harris, who was shot to death nearby a little over a year earlier.

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the unit block of M Street NW, Washington DC.
On Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at approximately 8:39 pm members of the First District responded to a call for the sounds of gunshots.  Upon arrival, members located an adult male victim unconscious and suffering from a gunshot wound.  DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment where all lifesaving efforts failed. The decedent has been identified as Jamar Morris, 28, of Northwest, DC.

The guitar and snare drum are unusual representations.

May he rest in peace.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Memorial for "Lil Chic". Dennis Taylor | 2200 block of Columbia Place, Landover MD

From a Prince Georges Police report: The Homicide Unit is actively investigating the fatal shooting of a teenager Saturday night in Landover, Maryland. The victim is Dennis Taylor, 15, of Columbia Place in Landover. Officers were called to the 2200 block of Columbia Place at 9:40 pm on March 25th 2017, for a shooting. Taylor was found outside suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

According to reports by the Washington Post and Channel 50 TV, Mr. Taylor, whose nickname was "Li'l Chic," was shot very near his home. Heroic CPR efforts by a neighbor, Ms. Karen Forges, who is a nurse, and the work of emergency paramedics, were unsuccessful in reviving him from his wounds.

His friends and family held a large vigil in his honor and memory, and to comfort themselves at his tragic end.







May they, and the whole community have peace, and may justice be served.