Thursday, November 8, 2018

Street memorial for Marc Anthony Bolden | Unit block of New York Avenue NW DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Sunday, October 21, 2018, in the unit block of New York Avenue NW, Washington DC. At approximately 7:15 am, members of the First and Fifth District responded to the listed location for the report of sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located an adult male, inside of a vehicle, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services were summoned to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital. After all lifesaving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Marc Anthony Bolden, 28, of Northwest DC.

I spoke with several people who were tending to this shrine to Mr. Bolden, including his well-spoken cousin. They told me that he was a father, and had been raised by his mother to be a good man.

One woman at the site was wearing a T-shirt in his honor and memory.

A wish of peace and consolation for them and his family.








Love in gold: Shrine to Taquan "Tay" Smith | 4800 block of Alabama Avenue SE DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, in the 4800 block of Alabama Avenue SE, Washington DC. At approximately 10:29 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 multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services and transported the victim to an area hospital. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim, identified as Taquan Smith, 25, of Southeast DC, was pronounced dead.

A passerby expressed to me that he hoped this violent madness would end.

Amen.









Red balloons and more | Memorial for Kevin Jackson | 100 block of Mississippi Avenue SE DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, in the 100 block of Mississippi Avenue 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 male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported the victim to an area hospital. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Kevin Jackson, 29, of Southeast, DC.

I met some with some residents of the neighborhood, who expressed their sadness at the situation.

There was a vigil for Mr. Jackson organized through the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing.




Police tape at the site of Malik McCloud's slaying | 3500 block of Wheeler Road 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, October 20, 2018, in the 3500 block of Wheeler Road SE, Washington DC. At approximately 1:57 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, members located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported the victim to a local hospital. After all lifesaving efforts failed, the victim, identified as Malik McCloud, 19, of Southeast DC, was pronounced dead.

There have been numerous slayings in this block of Wheeler Road over the years.

May this young man rest in peace.

"Why Da Good Die Young" - T-shirt memorials to three slain men, including Devin Hall | 1500 block of C Street NE DC

This set of shrines, in an alley adjacent to the 1500 block of C Street NE, Washington DC, is to three different men, all of whom were murdered. The shrine is in an alley just off the 1500 block of C St NE DC.

One of their friends told me "they were all good people."

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 6th Street SE, Washington DC, on Saturday, January 7, 2017. At approximately 4:13 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located an adult male, inside a parked vehicle, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital, where all lifesaving efforts failed and he was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as  Devin Hall, 23,  of Temple Hills, MD.







Thursday, October 25, 2018

Site of the slaying of Patricio Salazar, who was trying to rescue a woman being assaulted. 1300 block of S. George Mason Drive, Arlington VA

From an Arlington Police report: Arlington County Police announce the arrest of an Arlington man following an overnight homicide investigation. Michael Nash, 27, was arrested and charged with Abduction with the Intent to Defile, Forcible Sodomy and Animate Object Sexual Penetration. Additional charges are forthcoming. Mr. Nash is being held without bond in the Arlington County Detention Facility.

At approximately 9:21 p.m. on October 18, 2018, police were dispatched to the 1300 block of S. George Mason Drive, Arlington VA, following the report of multiple 9-1-1 calls. The preliminary investigation determined that the suspect was walking in the area with a known female victim when he began to physically and sexually assault her. A male witness observed the assault and attempted to render assistance to the victim. The suspect physically assaulted the witness leaving him unconscious. The witness, Patricio Salazar, 54, of Arlington, VA was transported to George Washington University Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Following the assaults, the suspect fled the scene on foot. The suspect came into contact with two additional victims whom he tried to rob of a cell phone. The victims fought back and the suspect again fled the scene on foot. The suspect then successfully robbed a female victim of her cell phone.

During the course of the investigation, detectives from the Department’s Homicide/Robbery and Special Victims’ Units developed a possible suspect description. Members of the Tactical Unit located the suspect and took him into custody without incident in the area of Columbia Pike and George Mason Drive.

This police tape is at the entrance of a small footpath in this usually quiet multi-ethnic neighborhood.






A shrine honoring Mr. Salazar and his heroism has been erected at the site. There is a moving Washington Post article honoring his memory, and a GoFundMe campaign has been set up to support charities in his name.




Saturday, October 6, 2018

Flowers and a prayer for Wendy Karina Martinez | memorial in the 1400 block of 11th Street NW DC

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announce an arrest has been made regarding a fatal stabbing that occurred on Tuesday, September 18, 2018, in the 1400 block of 11th Street NW, Washington DC. At approximately 7:56 pm, members of the Third District responded to the listed location for the report of a stabbing. Upon arrival, officers located an adult female suffering from multiple stab wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported the victim to a local hospital. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim, identified as Wendy Karina Martinez, 35 of Northwest DC, was pronounced dead.

On Thursday, September 20, 2018, Anthony Crawford, 23, was arrested and charged with First Degree Murder while Armed.

This brutal attack occurred at the at corner of P and 11th streets NW, near Logan Circle. Her friends gathered for a vigil in Martinez’s memory near the site where she was slain.

There is much more about this sad situation in a Washington Post article.

May Ms. Martinez's memory be for a blessing.








"When They Speak on You They Gonna Speak On Your Pain" - street shrine for Abdual Giles | 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 on Monday, September 10, 2018, in the 800 block of Chesapeake Street SE, Washington DC. At approximately 8:08 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported the victim to a local hospital. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim, identified as Abdual Giles, 23, of no fixed address, was pronounced dead.

"When They Speak on You They Gonna Speak On Your Pain"

RIP.




BVT's Angel. T-shirt Memorial for Dwayne Jackson | 3100 block of Buena Vista Terrace 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, September 23, 2018, in the 3100 block of Buena Vista Terrace SE, Washington DC. At approximately 12:17 am, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location due to the sounds 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 that the victim displayed no signs consistent with life. A second victim sought treatment at a local hospital for a non-life threatening gunshot wound. The decedent has been identified as Dwayne Jackson, 45, of Oxon Hill, MD.

"Rest in Peace Dirty We All We Got"

BVT is Buena Vista Terrace.

Street memorial for Mr. Henry Isaacs in the 1600 block of U 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 Saturday, September 29, 2018, in the 1600 block of U Street SE, Washington DC. At approximately 9:20 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of sounds of gunshots.  Upon arrival, members located an adult male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported the victim to an area hospital. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim, identified as Henry Isaacs, 28, of Southeast DC, was pronounced dead.

I spoke with Mr. Isaacs' godmother at the site of the memorial. She said he had no kids, and was a hard-working young man. This neighborhood has been particularly hard hit by the recent upsurge in violence in the city.  I wish her, the family, and all the community peace, and that justice is served in this young man's case.







Memorial for TaQuan Pinkney | 2800 block of Stanton Road 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, September 9, 2018, in the 2800 block of Stanton Road SE, Washington DC. At approximately 1:13 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported the victim to a local hospital. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as TaQuan Pinkney, 18, of Southeast DC.

There is considerably more on this case in a Washington Post article. Mr. Pinkney was shot down in his prime, and seemed headed for a vibrant successful life. May he rest in peace.


Street shrine for Terrell Butler in the 5100 block of F 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 Friday, September 21, 2018, in the 5100 block of F Street SE, Washington DC. At approximately 9:41 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location due to the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located an adult male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported the victim to a local hospital. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. A second victim was also located at the listed location suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported the second victim to a local hospital for further treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The decedent has been identified as Terrell Butler, 41, of Northeast DC.

Justice & peace. A prayer.