Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Two memorials to the life of Alexander Mosby. 2200 block of Savannah Terrace SE and 1922 MLK Jr. Ave SE DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Saturday, May 26, 2018, in the 2200 block of Savannah Terrace SE, Washington DC. At approximately 1:48 am, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, members located an adult 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. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Alexander Mosby 39, of Southeast, DC.

From a post by his circle of supporters on a Facebook page for Ward 8 in DC:  "We are deeply saddened by the senseless killing of our friend, neighbor and colleague Alexander Mosby.
Alex was a father of 3, husband and entrepreneur. His love for the community of Anacostia was without limit. We need to work together to end the violence in our community! We’re a village that can and will thrive together. "

Amen.




Thanks to reporter John Muller for information about the shrine to Mr. Mosby at District Culture on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE.

Shrine angel | Memorial for Rondell Wills, 200 block of 50th 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 Thursday, May 3, 2018, in the 200 block of 50th Street NE, Washington DC. At approximately 5:27 pm, members of the Sixth District heard the sounds of gunshots and immediately responded to the listed location. Upon arrival, members located an adult male victim suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and EMS responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim, identified as Rondell Wills, 38, of Southeast DC, was pronounced dead.

RIP






Damoni Gaither's memorial | 300 block of Anacostia Road NE DC - "I still cry today"

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in the 300 block of Anacostia Road NE, Washington DC. At approximately 3:06 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location after hearing the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located a juvenile male victim suffering from gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene. After finding no signs consistent with life, the victim, identified as Damoni Gaither, 17, of Southeast DC, was pronounced dead. Additionally, officers located two adult males suffering from gunshot wounds in the 3500 block of Minnesota Avenue, Southeast. They were both transported to local hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.







May there be peace and justice.

Police tape at the site of a double homicide | Dalonte Wilson and Antone Brown | 400 block of 61st Street NE DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a double homicide that occurred on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in the 400 block of 61st Street NE, Washington DC. At approximately 11:34 pm, members of the Sixth District responded for the report of a shooting, at the listed location. Upon arrival, officers located two adult males, inside of a residence, suffering from gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services arrived on the scene and found no signs consistent with life. The decedents have been identified as Dalonte Wilson, 23, of Northeast DC and Antone Brown, 44, of Capitol Heights, Maryland.

Balloon for Adrian Terrance Gay | 800 Block of 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 Saturday, April 7, 2018, in the 800 Block of 21st Street NE, Washington DC. At approximately 1:10 am, members of the Fifth District responded to the report of a shooting at the listed location. Upon arrival, members located an adult 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. After all lifesaving efforts failed, the victim, identified as Adrian Terrance Gay, 39, of Southeast DC, was pronounced dead.

I found this remnant of the shrine built in Mr. Gay's memory. It was what survived the recent heavy rains we have had in our area.



Three unknown homicide victims, 100 block of Wayne Place SE DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating skeletal remains that were located on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in the 100 block of Wayne Place SE, Washington DC. Workers performing construction on an apartment building, at the listed location, contacted police in referenced to a discovery of skeletal remains. Members of the Seventh District responded to the scene and located what appeared to be human skeletal remains. On Friday, April 27, 2018, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined that the skeletal remains were human. On Saturday, April 28, 2018, two additional sets of skeletal remains were recovered nearby. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined that these skeletal remains were also human. On Friday, May 4, 2018, after further examination, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has ruled the manner of death as Homicide for all three victims.

The police department has sealed off part of this apartment building and is doing an extensive investigation to learn what happened to these women, and hopefully to bring justice to them and some peace for their families.


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Think Quick, Be Quick. Street memorial to Aujee Tyler | 3500 block of Stanton 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, March 19, 2018, in the 3500 block of Stanton Road SE, Washington DC. At approximately 4:37 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, officers discovered that an adult male victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds and had been transported to a local hospital for treatment. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim, identified as Aujee Tyler, 22, of Southeast DC, was pronounced dead.

Mr. Tyler, whose nickname was "Quick," was a gifted award-winning young boxer. A further account of his complex but promising life, which ended on the streets at a young age, appears in a thoughtful article in the Washington Post.






His friends and family have set up a GoFundMe site to help support his wife and pay for a funeral.

Thank you to Jeff Heeney for his help at this and other sites documented recently.

Libations and flowers for Jamar Bowman | 700 block of Congress 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, March 31, 2018, in the 700 block of Congress Street SE, Washington DC. At approximately 6:41 pm, members of the Seventh District responded for the report of a shooting, at the listed location. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported the victim, identified as Jamar Bowman, 29, of Southeast DC, to an area hospital. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead.

RIP.

Memorial for Donta Simms; Seat Pleasant Drive and 71st Avenue in Seat Pleasant MD

From an article in the Washington Post: November 11, 2015. Police in Prince George’s County said they are ruling the death of a 24-year-old man a homicide.
The man’s body was found near Seat Pleasant Drive and 71st Avenue in Seat Pleasant, Maryland, in September. Authorities said the cause of death was trauma to the upper body. The remains were later identified as those of Donta Simms, 24, of District Heights, Maryland.


I noticed this memorial while scouting another potential shrine site nearby. It is in a small park, and appears to have been maintained for some time. I wish his family and friends peace.

Thanks to Jeff Heeney for his help while documenting this site.

Unknown RIP graffiti, alley behind the 3100 block of Buena Vista Terrace SE, DC

I found this RIP tag to an unknown victim in the alley behind the 3100 block of Buena Vista Terrace SE, Washington DC.

I was looking for a potential memorial to a different recent homicide in this block. There have been numerous slayings in this neighborhood over the years.

I wish this person, and all others, peace and justice.

Police tape at the site of Andre's Butler's slaying; 900 block of Mount Olivet Road NE, DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announce an arrest has been made in a fatal stabbing that occurred on Thursday, March 22, 2018, in the 900 Block of Mount Olivet Road NE, Washington DC. At approximately 2:32 pm, members of the Fifth District responded to the listed location for the report of a stabbing. Upon arriving on the scene, officers located an adult male, inside of a residence, suffering from multiple stab wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment. After all lifesaving efforts failed, the victim, identified as Andre Butler, 52, of Southeast DC, was pronounced dead.
On Thursday, March 22, 2018, officers from the Fifth District arrested Fredrick Lorenzo Nowlin Jr., 35, of no fixed address. He has been charged with Second Degree Murder while Armed.



Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Flowers and stones in memory of John Alexis Giandoni | 4100 block of 11th Place N., Arlington VA

From an Arlington County police report: The Arlington County Police Department is investigating a homicide that occurred in the 4100 block of 11th Place N. on Friday, March 16, 2018.

At approximately 7:35 p.m. on March 16, police were dispatched to the report of a possible death. Upon arrival, it was determined that following a check on the welfare, the male victim was located deceased inside the residence. This remains an active investigation and cause of death will be determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The victim has been identified as John Giandoni, 40, of Arlington, VA





A crowdfunding site has been set up for the victim by his family. It contains a short biography of Mr. Giandoni.

"John Alexis Giandoni, born March 21, 1977 to Guillermo and Mary Ann Giandoni, passed away Friday, March 16, 2018. John loved spending time with his young son, Jack, more than anything else in this world and was a truly dedicated father and a devout Catholic in the Knights of Columbus 3rd and 4th Degree. His desire for adventure and zest for life fueled his enjoyment for and allowed him to excel in snowboarding, soccer, rock climbing, surfing, scuba diving, and anything outdoors. He enjoyed camping, hiking, going to concerts, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends who he truly cherished, valued, and respected. John always had a bright smile on his face that could light up a room and a sincere, kind word for everyone.

John worked at Booz Allen Hamilton as a Data Analyst and he had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, leading to constant personal and professional growth. After graduating from Woodbridge Senior High School, he earned his undergraduate degree at James Madison University and later his graduate degree at Virginia Tech."

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Shrine to an unknown person, 1300 block of Southern Avenue SE DC

I found this shrine to an unknown victim in the 1300 block of Southern Avenue SE, Washington DC (on the MD side of the street). It is directly across from the front of the United Medical Center hospital.

I have encountered numerous shrines in this block over the years, to both known and unknown people who have lost their lives and passed away in this hospital. Friends and loved ones build memorials  nearby, in honor of those they have lost.



Peace, שלום, سلام, мир, pax, Friede, namaste, paz, sülh, ສັນຕິພາບ, hòa bình, শান্তি, shanti, խաղաղություն, ukuthula, síocháin, paix.





Memorial for Todd Green, 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 in the 800 block of Chesapeake Street SE, Washington DC, on Sunday, January 28, 2018. At approximately 10:08 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers discovered an adult male, suffering from gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment. After all lifesaving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Todd Green, 26, of Southeast, DC.

This memorial is adjacent to a large veterans support center.

May there be peace & justice...


Site of the slaying of Taiyania Thompson / 1000 block of Mount Olivet Road NE DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announce an arrest has been made in a fatal shooting that occurred in the 1000 block of Mount Olivet Road NE, Washington DC, on Thursday, January 25, 2018. At approximately 3:10 pm, members of the Fifth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, members located a 16-year-old juvenile female, inside of a residence, suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of life threatening injuries. On Sunday, January 28, 2018, the victim, identified as Taiyania Thompson, 16, of Northeast DC, succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead.

On Monday, January 29, 2018, Dekale Bowman, 18, was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder.

Very sad.



Monday, January 29, 2018

Brishell Jones Way | unit block of Danbury Street SW, Washington DC.

From NBC TV: Brishell Jones was just 16 when she was shot and killed in the South Capitol Street massacre in 2010. On Friday, 1/19/18 the street she lived on was renamed in her honor, with civic officials and family attending. A bill enacted by the Washington DC City Council names the block in Ward 8 as "Brishell Jones Way."

Ms. Jones was slain in a notorious mass killing at the corner of Brandywine and South Capitol Streets SW on March 30, 2010, along with Tavon Nelson, DeVaughan Boyd, William Jones III, and Jordan Howe. Several men were convicted of the murders. Ms. Jones' mother has been especially outspoken in her activism against gun violence and in honoring the legacy of her daughter's life.

More about the situation and the original memorial built to honor these slain young people, taken before their time, can be viewed on this shrines blog here.



Thursday, January 25, 2018

Maleak Coffin's memorial | 2900 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE DC. "The Corner"

This memorial adjacent to a mural depicting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Washington "I Have A Dream" speech is to Maleak Coffin, slain at this site recently.

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announced that a second arrest has been made in reference to a fatal shooting that occurred in the 2900 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, Washington DC, on Saturday, December 23, 2017.
At approximately 11:08 am, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an unconscious male, inside of a vehicle, suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment of life threatening injuries. On Tuesday, December 26, 2017, the victim, identified as Maleak Coffin, 22, of Southeast DC, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

On Tuesday, January 2, 2018, pursuant to DC Superior Court arrest warrant, a 22 year-old male, of Southeast, DC, was arrested and charged with First Degree Murder while Armed. On Thursday, January 18, 2018, Robert Handsome Washington, 20, of Southeast, DC, was arrested and charged with First Degree Murder while Armed.

This area, near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Malcolm X Avenue is sometimes called "The Corner." May it be untroubled, and peace return.

Memorial to Steven Slaughter in the 1700 block of Minnesota Avenue SE DC

This memorial along busy Minnesota Avenue is for Steven Slaughter, a 14 year old boy who was killed there recently.

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 1700 block of Minnesota Avenue, SE, Washington DC on Sunday, January 14, 2018. At approximately 6:59 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers discovered a juvenile male, suffering from gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment. After all lifesaving efforts failed, the victim, identified as Steven Slaughter, 14, of Southeast DC, was pronounced dead.

From WJLA TV: Police say they were called to 1720 block of Minnesota Avenue, SE near the Garden Memorial Presbyterian Church. Officers say they found Steven Slaughter of Southeast D.C. there with a multiple bullet wounds. Slaughter was taken to the hospital but was later pronounced dead, officials say.

This site is just a couple of blocks from two other recent slayings in the neighborhood.

Shalom/peace/salaam/paz

Shrine for Jasmine "Jazz" Lashai Light | 2000 block of 16th Street SE DC

This large street shrine to Jasmine "Jazz" Lashai Light, is in the 16th Street SE corridor. This neighborhood has been deeply troubled of late.

May she and all of her friends and family, and the entire community, know true peace.

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch seek the public's assistance in identifying and locating a vehicle of interest in reference to a Homicide offense that occurred in the 2000 block of 16th Street SE, Washington DC, on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. At approximately 11:08 am, the victims were standing at the listed location. Unknown suspects fired shots at the victims, from a vehicle, then fled the scene. One adult female and three adult males were struck by the gunfire. All of the victims were transported to local hospitals for treatment. The three adult male victims sustained non-life threatening injuries. The adult female victim, identified as Jasmine Lashai Light, 23, Southwest DC, succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead.
A vehicle of interest was captured by a nearby surveillance camera and can be seen in this video: