Thursday, January 14, 2021

Memorial at the US Capitol to Officer Brain Sicknick

This memorial is at the foot of Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. It was erected to the honor the life of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who was killed by insurrectionist rioters on January 6, 2021. He gave his life serving in the line of duty while defending our nation's Capitol from a terrorist mob.

Flags throughout the city were flown at half-mast in recognition of his bravery.

May his memory ever be for a blessing. 

May he rest in peace and valor.







Thursday, December 24, 2020

Shrine in honor and memory of the life of Carmelo Duncan, one year old | 5700 block of Southern Avenue SE DC



From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch seek assistance in locating a vehicle of interest in reference to a homicide that occurred on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, in the 5700 block of Southern Avenue SE, Washington DC. At approximately 9:35 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, members were advised that DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services had transported a juvenile victim, unconscious and unresponsive, to an area hospital. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. Detectives’ investigation revealed that the victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds, while inside a vehicle, at the listed location. The decedent has been identified as 1 year-old Carmelo Duncan, of Southeast DC. 

The senseless killing of this innocent child shook our community deeply. May his family know peace and consolation, and may they be spared further grief.

There is considerably more information about his life and this tragic situation in The Washington Post and on DCist.










Long Live Li'l Head - Street shrine for Anthony Orr | 400 block of Xenia Street SE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Monday, December 7, 2020, in the 400 block of Xenia Street SE, Washington DC. At approximately 9:23 am, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of person down. Upon arrival, members located an adult male 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 of life threatening injuries. After all lifesaving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as 30 year-old Anthony Orr, of no fixed address.

From the touching sign at the site: "What A Life To Take! Beloved Son. Love of My Life. Brother. Nephew. Grandson. Friend. Uncle."




Peace.


Shrine for Demeitri Anderson | 4500 block of Benning Road SE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Sunday, November 29, 2020, in the 4500 block of Benning Road SE, Washington DC. At approximately 12:40 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location after hearing the sound of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located an adult male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and found no signs consistent with life. The decedent has been identified as 23 year-old Demeitri Anderson, of Northeast DC.  







This large memorial is on busy Benning Road Southeast, very near East Capital Street.

RIP.

Police tape, flags flying at the site of Devonte Wilson's slaying | 700 block of Morton Street NW

 From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Thursday, December 3, 2020, in the 700 block of Morton Street NW, Washington DC. At approximately 8:02 pm, members of the Fourth District responded to the listed location for the report of a traffic accident. Upon arrival, members located an adult male, 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 of life threatening injuries.  On Friday, December 4, 2020, the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.  The decedent has been identified as 25 year-old Devonte Wilson of Northwest DC. 




 On Thursday, December 10, 2020 the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested 32 year-old Mohamed Goodwin, of Northwest, DC. He has been charged with Second Degree Murder While Armed.



Police tape for Marcus Wallace | 1400 block of L 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, November 21, 2020, in the 1400 block of L Street SE, Washington DC. At approximately 9:05 pm, members of the First District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, members located an adult male, inside a residential building, suffering from gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and determined that the victim displayed no signs consistent with life. The decedent has been identified as 36 year-old Marcus Wallace, of Northeast DC.  


This sad sight over looks the Southeast-Southwest Freeway and the Anacostia River.

At the site of Shalonte Pearson's slaying | 400 block of 61st Street NE DC

 From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, in the 400 block of 61st Street NE, Washington DC At approximately 12:52 am, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the sound of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located an adult female victim, inside a vehicle, suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to 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 24 year-old Shalonte Pearson, of Southwest DC. 



May she rest in peace.

Sidewalk memorial to unknown persons, 57th Place SE DC

This memorial on 57th Place SE, Washington DC, appears to be for several individuals. 

I have no other information. 

RIP.



An older street shrine to a person named Weezy can be viewed here.

Street memorial for Vincent Gyamfi | 1700 block of 29th Street SE,

 From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Friday, December 11, 2020, in the 1700 block of 29th Street SE, Washington DC. At approximately 4:09 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, members located an adult male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and after finding no signs consistent with life, the victim was pronounced dead.  The decedent has been identified as 26 year-old Vincent Gyamfi, of Southeast DC. 

I briefly spoke with two young men who were his friends. I wish them and the community peace.






Wednesday, November 25, 2020

RIP Chyna "words can't even explain" - Memorial to Lorraine Marie Thomas | 4200 block of 4th 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, October 30, 2020, in the 4200 block of 4th Street SE, Washington DC. At approximately 3:19 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, members located an adult female, inside of a vehicle, suffering from a gunshot wound. A second adult female was located suffering from a minor graze wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and found that the first victim displayed no signs consistent with life. The decedent has been identified as Lorraine Marie Thomas, 21, of Southeast DC.  

This shrine to this beautiful young woman moved me deeply. 

Written on a small bear on the shrine is "Sis I love you so much words can't even explain."

Amen. Peace.

Peace.

In memory of James Edward Brisbon | 300 block of 50th Street NE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, in the 300 block of 50th Street NE, Washington DC. At approximately 9:17 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. 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 43 year-old James Edward Brisbon, of Southeast, DC.   

There have been a number of murders and shrines in this troubled block. I pray that reason and calm prevail and that the residents are spared further grief.


Site of the slaying of Jamaul Crockett | 600 block of Lamont Street NW DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announce an arrest has been made in a homicide that occurred on Thursday, November 5, 2020, in the 600 block of Lamont Street NW, Washington DC. At approximately 4:16 am, members of the Fourth District responded to the listed location for the report of an unconscious person. Upon arrival, members located an adult male suffering from an apparent stab wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and determined that the victim displayed no signs consistent with life. The decedent has been identified as 36 year-old Jamaul Crockett, of no fixed address. On Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 40 year-old Aaron Jackson, of Northwest, DC, was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder While Armed.

A neighbor informed me that Mr. Crockett was killed a short distance from this location, and that he hoped the community would be at peace.

Flowered cross in memory of Martez Jackson | 1400 Block of Howard Road SE DC



From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Monday, November 9, 2020, in the 1400 Block of Howard Road SE, Washington DC. At approximately 8:55 am, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, members located an adult male, in a vehicle, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment of life threatening injuries. On Tuesday, November 10. 2020, the decedent succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as 25 year-old Martez Jackson, of District Heights, MD. 

Samuel Njikang | shrine, 7203 Little River Turnpike, Annandale VA






From a Fairfax County VA police report: Franconia Police District – Detectives from our Major Crimes Bureau are continuing to investigate a fatal shooting that occurred this morning. Officers responded to the Diamond Lounge at 7203 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, Virginia, around 2:12 a.m.October 30, 2020,  for a reported shooting. Upon their arrival, officers found Samuel Njikang, 27, of Woodbridge, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the upper body. Njikang was taken to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Preliminarily, detectives believe Njikang was involved in an altercation with a group of people in the parking lot after leaving the lounge. During the course of the altercation, he was shot. This is an active investigation and detectives continue to conduct interviews, process evidence, and canvass the area for witnesses.

This large shrine to the memory of Mr. Njikang is at the edge of the Diamond nightclub parking lot.



Police tape at the site of the slaying of Terrence Jones | 5400 block of Georgia Avenue NW DC

From a DC Police report: NW Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, in the 5400 block of Georgia Avenue NW, Washington DC. At approximately 10:35 pm, members of the Fourth District responded to the listed location for the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital where after all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. Additionally, members located a second victim, an adult female, inside of a vehicle, suffering from a gunshot wound. She was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The decedent has been identified as 24-year-old Terrence Jones, of Northwest, DC.



RIP

Unknown | Shrine in the 1000 block of Emerson St NW DC

Street shrine to an unknown person in the 1000 block of Emerson St NW, Washington DC, at Georgia Avenue.




"You are loved forever"


Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Video of DC shrines. Memory and respect

 A piece I recently collaborated on with Grammy-winning trumpeter/composer, Frank London.



Memory and respect.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Darnell Mack's memorial | 500 block of Quarles Street NE DC



From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Saturday, October 10, 2020, in the 4500 block of Quarles Street NE, Washington DC. At approximately 2:15 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. While investigating, MPD was notified that an adult male victim was taken by private vehicle to a local hospital suffering from a gunshot wound. After all lifesaving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Darnell Mack, 25, of Northeast, DC. 

There were three young women grieving at the site while I was documenting this memorial. The pain expressed in their faces was heartbreaking.

Peace peace peace. To all.