Friday, June 4, 2021

Ella-Mae Neal's Tree of Life | Memorial in the 1800 block of Q Street SE DC


From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch seek assistance in identifying and locating a vehicle of interest in a homicide that occurred on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, in the 1800 block of Q Street SE, Washington DC. At approximately 10:09 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located an adult female victim, suffering from an apparent 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 65 year-old Ella-Mae Neal, of Southeast DC.  

May her memory be for a blessing.



Roadside memorial for Harold Biddiex | 600 Block of Mellon Street SE DC

This striking shrine is just a half block off Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE.

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Saturday, May 29, 2021, in the 600 Block of Mellon Street SE, Washington DC. At approximately 8:26 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, members located an adult male, inside of a vehicle, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. 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 35 year-old Harold Biddiex, of Greenbelt, MD. 





RIP.

Shrine for J’Lyn Quinones " In memory of a life beautifully lived" | Quinn Street and Southern Avenue, Prince George's County MD

A heartbreaking tragedy. 

From a PG County Police report: The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit is investigating the fatal shooting of 18-year-old J’Lyn Quinones of Suitland, MD. Quinones and a second female were shot in the unincorporated section of Capitol Heights. The second victim’s injuries are not considered life-threatening. Quinones was pregnant. Her unborn baby was delivered during emergency surgery and is currently in critical but stable condition. On April 20, 2021, at approximately 4:45 pm, officers with the Metropolitan Police Department observed Quinones and the second female victim in distress at the intersection of Rail Street and Southern Avenue in Southeast DC. The officers discovered they were both suffering from gunshot wounds. Both victims were rushed for emergency medical treatment. Quinones died of her injuries a short time later. The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect shot both victims as they were crossing Quinn Street toward Southern Avenue. The victims then ran down Southern Avenue and crossed into DC seeking help. 

Prayers for the life of the departed Ms. Quinones and for that of her now motherless baby.



Street memorial | 1500 block of Maryland Avenue NE DC

As there have been several memorials to homicide victims built in this small park at the intersections of H Street, Florida Avenue, Benning and Bladensburg Roads NE, I am not completely certain who this one was erected for. The most recent slaying in the area was of Kareem Elliot Watkins, who was killed in this block of Maryland Avenue NE on May 11th, 2021.

There was also a newborn child, Kyon Jones, who was killed close by on May 7th.

May they, and the community, have rest and be free from all troubles.

From a DC Police report:  Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in the 1500 block of Maryland Avenue NE, Washington DC. At approximately 3:51 am, members of the Fifth District responded to the listed location for the report of an unconscious person. Upon arrival, members located an adult male victim suffering from an apparent stab wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and found no signs consistent with life. The decedent remained on the scene until being transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The decedent has been identified as 43 year-old Kareem Elliot Watkins, of Temple Hills, MD. 

From a DC Police report on the slaying of the infant Kyon Jones: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announce an arrest has been made in reference to a missing person / homicide investigation that occurred on Friday, May 7, 2021, in the 1500 block of Benning Road NE, Washington DC. At approximately 1:10 pm, members of the Fifth District responded to the listed location for the report of a check on the welfare of an infant child. Upon arrival, officers located the mother, who was unaware of the infant’s whereabouts. The Metropolitan Police Department’s Youth and Family Services Division responded to the scene and initiated an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the missing person’s disappearance. The missing person was identified as 2-month-old Kyon Jones, of Northeast DC.

 Based upon the suspicious nature of the missing person’s disappearance, the Homicide Branch assumed investigative responsibility of the case. The missing person’s remains have not been located at this time, however, based upon the information gathered during the investigation a suspect was identified and charged accordingly. Additionally, it was determined that this offense is domestic in nature. On Friday, May 14, 2021, 37 year-old Ladonia Boggs, of Northeast, DC, was arrested and charged with Felony Murder. 


Candles from the vigil for Kassius-Khon Glay | Emery Heights Community Center 5801 Georgia Ave NW DC

There was a large gathering at the Emery Heights Community Center to honor the memory of slain teenager, Kassius-Khon Glay. A deeply moving article about his life and the efforts of his parents to advocate for youth is in the Washington Post.

The markings on this basketball court come from the wax of the many candles lit for young Mr. Glay

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Friday, May 28, 2021, in the 600 block of Upshur Street NW, Washington DC. At approximately 11:51 am, members of the Fourth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, members located a juvenile male and an adult male both suffering from gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and found that the juvenile male victim displayed no signs consistent with life. The decedent remained on the scene until transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The adult male victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The decedent has been identified as 16 year-old Kassius-Khon Glay, of Northwest DC. 





Shrine to Kentrell Devaughn | 1500 block of 45th Street NE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Monday, April 19, 2021, in the 1500 block of 45th Street NE, Washington DC. At approximately 7:57 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the 4500 block of Quarles Street NE for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, members located an adult male, inside of a vehicle, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. The detectives’ investigation revealed the offense occurred in the 1500 block of 45th Street Northeast. On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as 27 year-old Kentrell Devaughn, of Northeast DC.  

Peace. Forever.




Candles, flowers, and plushies in memory of Malik Tyger | 100 block of 35th Street SE DC

 

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, in the 100 block of 35th Street SE, Washington DC. At approximately 11:14 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, members located an adult male victim, in a residential building, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS responded to the scene and found no signs consistent with life. The decedent has been identified as 20 year-old Malik Tyger, of Southeast DC.

May he rest in peace.






Roadside memorial for Michael Squire | Silver Hill Road and Porter Avenue, Suitland MD

From a PG County Police report: The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit is investigating a fatal shooting in Suitland, Maryland. The victim is 25-year-old Michael Squire of District Heights. On May 15, 2021, at approximately 10:15 pm, officers responded to the intersection of Silver Hill Road and Porter Avenue, Suitland, Maryland, for a collision involving an SUV and a car. Once on scene, officers located Squire in the driver’s seat of the SUV suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver of the second vehicle was not injured. Detectives are working to identify who shot Squire and determine a motive. 

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Street shrine for Ervin Henderson, Jr. aka Big Gotti | 1200 block Orren Street NE DC






From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred Monday, March 22, 2021, in the 1200 block of Orren Street NE, Washington DC. At approximately 1:51 am, members of the Fifth District responded to the listed location for the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located an adult male victim suffering from gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS responded to the scene and found no signs consistent with life. The decedent has been identified as 28 year-old Ervin Henderson, Jr., of Northeast DC.  

The late Mr. Henderson was known in the community as Big Gotti. I spoke with a couple of his friends who stopped by the shrine, one of whom said he protects himself mentally by remaining numb to all the violence. He grew up in the neighborhood (Trinidad/Ivy City) and that murder was constant in his youth, and is still continuing. I hope that this situation changes, and that justice and quiet mercy reign.

Street shrine to Kevontae Clyburn | 4900 block Glassmanor Drive, Oxon Hill MD

From a Prince George’s County Police report: The Prince George’s Homicide Unit is investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in Oxon Hill, Maryland. The victim is 19-year-old Kevontae Clyburn of Oxon Hill. On March 6, 2021, at approximately 7:50 pm, patrol officers responded to the 4900 block of Glassmanor Drive, Oxon Hill, for a shooting. The victim was located outside suffering from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead on the scene. 

This touching memorial to young Mr. Clyburn is in a quiet residential neighborhood near the District line.

Street memorial for Marceese Norman aka Teese | 2300 block Whitehall Street, Suitland MD

From a Prince George’s County Police report: Prince George’s Homicide Unit detectives arrested two suspects in connection with a fatal shooting in Suitland, Maryland. They are 19-year-old Keimoni Shepard of Greenbelt, Maryland and 19-year-old Brendan Cooley of Suitland, Maryland. They’re charged with fatally shooting  30-year-old Marceese Norman of District Heights, Maryland. On March 29, 2021, at approximately 7:30 pm, officers responded to the 2300 block of Whitehall Street, Suitland, Maryland. The victim was located inside of a car suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. She was pronounced dead on the scene. The preliminary investigation revealed the suspects and victim are known to each other and had been involved in an on-going dispute. The suspects are charged with first and second degree murder and related charges. They are in the custody of the Department of Corrections. A commissioner ordered them held on a no-bond status. 

RIP.

Memorial for Nicolas Hawkins | 600 block O Street NW DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred Saturday, March 13, 2021, in the 600 block of O Street NW, Washington DC. At approximately 10:43 pm, members of the Third District responded to the listed location for the report of the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located an adult male victim on the sidewalk suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital where, despite all life-saving efforts, the victim was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Nicolas Hawkins, 29, of Greenbelt, MD. 

This is the second recent slaying in this block. May there be peace under heaven.

Shrine to unknown victim(s) | Good Hope Road SE DC

Street shrine to unknown person or persons, Good Hope Road SE, Washington DC.

A recent double homicide took place in an apartment complex close by, and this memorial may be for the two victims, Wanda and Ebony Wright, but the presence of a license plate makes me think it may perhaps be otherwise. 

In any case, may peace and justice be served.



From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Monday, April 12, 2021 in the 2300 block of Good Hope Court SE, Washington, DC. At approximately 7:33 pm, members of DC Fire and EMS responded to the listed location for the report of a fire. Moments later members of the Seventh District were dispatched to the listed location for reports of a shooting. On arrival, members located one female suffering from a gunshot wound in the parking lot. DC Fire and EMS transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Two additional adult female victims were located suffering from gunshot wounds. One of the victims displayed no signs consistent with life. The other victim was transported to a local hospital, and despite all lifesaving efforts, succumbed to her injuries. The decedents have been identified as 48 year-old Wanda Wright and 32-year old Ebony Wright, both of Southeast DC. 

Officer William Evans | US Capitol, Constitution and Delaware Avenues NE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) Homicide Branch and Internal Affairs Bureau, in conjunction with the United States Capitol Police (USCP) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating a homicide and United States Capitol Police Officer Involved Shooting that occurred on Friday, April 2, 2021, at the intersection of Constitution and Delaware Avenue NE, Washington DC. Just after 1:00 pm, a suspect driving a blue sedan entered the north gate on Constitution Avenue and intentionally struck two on duty United States Capitol Police Officers with his vehicle. The suspect then rammed the vehicle into the blocking barricade. The suspect exited the vehicle armed with a large knife and charged toward another United States Capitol Police Officer. The officer discharged their service weapon striking the suspect. The suspect’s knife was recovered on the scene. One of the United States Capitol Police Officers was quickly transported to a local hospital in a United States Capitol Police cruiser with life-threatening injuries. The officer, 41 year old William Evans, succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. DC Fire and EMS personnel responded to the scene and transported the suspect and the second injured United States Capitol Police Officer to a local hospital for treatment. The suspect succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. The second United States Capitol Police Officer was admitted to the hospital for serious but non-life threatening injuries, and was later released. The suspect has been identified as 25 year-old Noah Green, of no fixed address. 

Officer Evans was honored by having his coffin lie in state in the US Capitol and by having flags lowered throughout the city. May his memory be for a blessing.


Shrine for Dorian Hurd 2nd | 4300 block of Saint Barnabas Road, Temple Hills MD

From a Prince George’s County Police report: The Prince George’s Homicide Unit charged a suspect for a murder in Temple Hills, Maryland. The suspect is 29-year-old Tevin Ream of of Oxon Hill, Maryland. He’s charged with the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Dorian Hurd 2nd of Laurel, Maryland.  On March 18, 2021, at approximately 5:50 pm, patrol officers responded to the 4300 block of Saint Barnabas Road, Temple Hills, Maryland, for a shooting. Officers located Hurd outside suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead on the scene. The preliminary investigation revealed Ream shot the victim in a shopping center parking lot. Responding patrol officers located the suspect nearby and arrested him. The motive for the fatal shooting is under investigation. Ream is charged with first and second degree murder and additional charges. 

Peace peace peace.

Street memorial for Devin Solomon | 2300 block of Penbrook Circle, Palmer Park, MD

From a Prince George's County Police report: The Prince George’s Homicide Unit arrested and charged a suspect in connection with a fatal shooting in Palmer Park. The suspect is 26-year-old William Patrick Wells II of Capitol Heights, Mayland. He’s charged in connection with the fatal shooting of 29-year-old Devin Solomon of Landover, Maryland. 

On March 30, 2021, at approximately 10:00 am, patrol officers responded to the 2300 block of Penbrook Circle, Palmer Park, Maryland, for the report of a shooting. Officers located Solomon in the roadway suffering from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Approximately 10 minutes later, two adults with gunshot wounds arrived at an area hospital. An adult female suffered serious but preliminarily non-life-threatening injuries. An adult male, Wells, was treated and released into police custody. The preliminary investigation revealed Wells and Solomon shot each other during a dispute. They are known to each other. Wells is charged with second degree murder and additional charges. He is in the custody of the Department of Corrections. No other arrests are expected. 

RIP



Antuan Davis and Anthony Davis: Double homicide | 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 Saturday, April 3, 2021, in the 4200 block of 4th Street SE, Washington DC. At approximately 10:14 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located two adult males, inside of a residential building, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS responded to the scene and found that both victims displayed no signs consistent with life. Investigation at the scene revealed that the offense occurred inside of the residential building. The decedents have been identified as 26 year-old Antuan Davis, of no fixed address, and 29 year-old Anthony Davis, of Temple Hills, MD. 

I spoke at length with a young woman who grew up on the block, and who saw murders as a child; a man got his head blown off by a dumpster outside her window when she was a girl. "A child should not have to see that" she said.  She and another young woman I spoke with knew both victims since they were small. She was sad to relate that their mother lost both of her sons. She spoke about "peace," and that she "now lives in a more peaceful part of the city," but often visits friends & relatives where she grew up. She said the shrine was built by the whole community; these young men were loved by many.


Mural for Chyna | 4200 block 6th St SE DC

This mural for Chyna, aka Lorraine Marie Thomas, is at the corner of 6th Street SE, Washington DC, near Chesapeake Street SE.

She was slain nearby on Friday, October 30, 2020, in the 4200 block of Fourth Street SE, Washington DC. A street memorial was also erected to her life there at that time.

More information about this situation can be viewed here.

RIP Chyna.

Friday, March 5, 2021

In memory of Tiffany Hardy | shrine in the 1600 Block of E Street NE

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch have announced an arrest has been made in reference to a homicide that occurred on Monday, February 8, 2021, in the 1600 Block of E Street NE, Washington DC. At approximately 8:02 pm, members of the Fifth District responded to the listed location for the report of a domestic violence assault. Upon arrival, officers located an adult female victim, inside of a residence, unconscious and unresponsive, suffering from multiple stab wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and determined that the victim displayed no signs consistent with life. The suspect was apprehended by responding officers. The decedent has been identified as Tiffany Hardy, 28, of Northeast DC.

On Monday, February 8, 2021, Ronald Miller, 41, of Northeast DC, was arrested and charged with First Degree Murder While Armed. The detectives’ investigation revealed that this offense was domestic in nature. 

Peace peace peace, with justice.






Street shrine for Isaiah Glover | 3800 block of block of Minnesota Avenue NE DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred on Saturday, February 6, 2021, in the 4100 block of Minnesota Avenue NE, Washington DC. At approximately 2:44 pm, members of the Sixth 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 found no signs consistent with life. The decedent has been identified as Isaiah Glover, 30, of Northeast DC. 

On Tuesday, February 9, 2021, Keith Hudson, 25, of Northeast DC, was arrested and charged with First Degree Murder while Armed. 

I spoke with several people, including a number of Mr. Glover's friends, at this large. memorial along busy Minnesota Avenue NE. Though the killing was in the 4100 block, this street memorial was erected in his memory at a place nearby where he liked to hang out. 

Of note at the shrine is a 12" vinyl record of DC Go Go band Trouble Funk's song "So Early In The Morning." May there be an eternal morning for Mr. Glover,  and may the community be spared further tragedy.