Friday, August 26, 2016

"Farewell to our beloved Taiwo Oduwole" | Memorial in the 9700 block of Brandywine Road, Clinton, MD

From WTOP News: Prince George’s County police arrived around 5 a.m. on August 20, 2016 at a 7-Eleven on the 9700 block of Brandywine Road in Clinton, Maryland, and found old Taiwo Oduwole, 31, of Upper Marlboro, inside with gun shot wounds after an attempted robbery. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Prince George’s County police released surveillance photos of the suspect Saturday afternoon, showing a man with a black, gray and red backpack and a gray and black coat. Police said they believe the same suspect may have robbed a hotel in the 7900 block of Malcolm Road shortly after the shooting.
This very sad shrine in memory of Mr. Oduwole has been erected at the store where he worked. A vigil in his honor was scheduled on the site on Sunday August 27th.

I pray for peace and justice for him, his family, and the community.






Those excerpts from an article from the Washington Post speak volumes:
"In the short time he worked at the store, regular customers of the 7-Eleven on Brandywine Road in Clinton, Md., were almost always greeted by the quiet, friendly smile of Taiwo Oduwole.
The native of Nigeria was behind the counter “morning, noon and night” as he worked to pay for his master’s degree, said Phyllis Boone, a longtime Clinton resident who often visited the convenience store. “He was the face of the 7-Eleven,” Boone said. “You can’t walk into the store without seeing him.
But Sunday morning, during one of Oduwole’s early shifts, a masked man armed with a gun entered the store and demanded money, police said. The man assaulted Oduwole, who managed to jump over the counter in an attempt to escape. Then the gunman shot Oduwole in the back — twice. “Our suspect raised his gun, pointed it at our victim and shot him in his back one time,” said Capt. Brian Reilly, the head of the homicide unit for Prince George’s County Police. As Oduwole made it out the door, “the suspect then, a second time, raised his gun and shot Mr. Oduwole in the back again. Mr. Oduwole collapsed in the parking lot.” Police released video Monday of a suspect wanted in connection with Oduwole’s slaying. Police hope that the images showing a man wearing a distinct North Face jacket with a backpack attached to it will lead to an arrest in the killing of the recent immigrant from Nigeria. Oduwole, 31, died at a local hospital. The gunman left the convenience store without any money, Reilly said.
“This is an absolutely senseless crime that should have never taken place,” Reilly said of Oduwole’s shooting. “It’s a heartless and cowardly act.” Family gathered at Oduwole’s home in Upper Marlboro on Monday were too grief-stricken to speak at length. “It’s tough to talk about right now,” said a man at the door who identified himself as Oduwole’s brother but did not provide his name. The man described his brother as an intelligent, kindhearted and decent person. “He touched everyone who he comes across,” Oduwole’s brother said. “Everybody misses him.” Keith Turner, an active member of the community and regular customer, was at the store early Monday morning with Boone and other neighbors to remember Oduwole. “He was really nice,” Turner said of Oduwole. “He didn’t have to die over some money.” A police flier showing an image of the suspect sought by police was taped to the front of the store. Turner pointed at the man’s picture and called him “trifling.” “We’ve got to come together, get this guy and make him an example,” Turner said. Boone, who also was at the ­7-Eleven on Monday morning, remembered Oduwole as someone who was respectful and generous. When kids in the neighborhood came into the store and they couldn’t afford a drink or a treat, Oduwole would often take some of his own money and pay for them, Boone said. She called Oduwole’s killing “disgusting.” “This coward has taken away a beautiful person in this community,” said Boone, who has lived in the Clinton area for 25 years. “He had just a wonderful spirit.”


Dante Miller | street memorial, 1200 block of 18th Place NE DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 1200 block of 18th Place NE, Washington DC, on Sunday, August 21, 2016. At approximately 2:05 am, members of the Fifth District heard the sounds of gunshots. Officers responded to the area and located an adult male, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire & EMS found no signs consistent with life. The victim remained on the scene until being transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The decedent has been identified as Dante Miller, 24.

The were two sections to this memorial to Mr. Brooks.
A line written on the memorial:
"...what's done at night will come to light. Amen...
Men & Men. Respect Men"

Rest in peace.







Douglas " Swipey" Brooks. Music is Life. Site of his slaying in the 3600 block of Parkway Terrace Drive, Suitland MD.

From WTOP News: An 18-year-old man who was fatally shot early Sunday morning in Suitland, Maryland, has been identified as an up-and-coming rapper. Police found the victim, Douglas Brooks of Suitland, Maryland , known also as  “Swipey,”  suffering from a gunshot wound just after 1 a.m. on August 21, 2016 in the 3600 block of Parkway Terrace Drive, in Suitland, Maryland, Prince George’s County police said in a news release. Brooks was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives were still working to identify any suspects or motives. Police do not believe the shooting was a random crime.
 
There is an extensive article on Mr. Brooks in the Washington Post.

A Prince George Police report on the situation can be viewed here.

Matthew Walker | Police crime tape, 900 block of Eastern Avenue NE, Washington DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 900 block of Eastern Avenue NE, Washington DC,  on Sunday, August 7, 2016.
At approximately 1:25 am, members of the Sixth District responded to a call for a shooting. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an adult male suffering from gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS personnel responded to the scene and determined that there were no signs consistent with life.  The decedent has been identified as Matthew Walker, 26.

This police crime tape marking the site of Mr. Walker's demise was beneath a balcony in a garden apartment complex.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Flags for Seth Rich | 2100 block Flagler Pl NW DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 2100 block of Flagler Place NW, Washington DC, on Sunday, July 10, 2016. At approximately 4:19 am, members of the Fifth District were patrolling the area when they heard gunshots. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an adult male victim conscious and breathing, and suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Seth Conrad Rich, 27, of Northwest DC.

Mr. Rich was a staff member at the Democratic National Committee. A large vigil was held in his memory and honor. Additional coverage is in a Washington Post article, and on Fox5 News (the Fox piece has photographs of the vigil, and some items initially left at the scene). Washington Jewish Week and the Forward also have coverage.









Street memorial for Sidney Washington / 1300 block 49th St NE, DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau responded to a police-involved shooting that occurred on Monday, July 4, 2016, in the 1300 block of 49th Street NE, Washington DC.
At approximately 10:52 pm, Metro Transit Police responded to the location to investigate a large crowd setting off fireworks. Upon arrival, officers observed an individual holding a weapon and identified themselves as police. The suspect fired multiple rounds at the officers before one of the officers discharged his service weapon striking the suspect. The suspect was transported to an area hospital, in critical condition, where he later succumbed to his injuries. The officer involved in this incident was not injured. The decedent has been identified as Sidney Washington Jr. 21, of Southeast, DC.
The suspect’s weapon was recovered on the scene.  This case remains under investigation.




In memory of Mr. Alonzo Jackson: 4900 block Marlboro Pike Capitol Heights "“gone but never forgotten”

From a Prince George's County police report: 4900 block Marlboro Pike Capitol Heights  The Homicide Unit is investigating a fatal shooting in Capitol Heights, Maryland on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. The victim is Alonzo Jackson, 68, of Southeast Washington.  On July 20th, at about 7:00 am, patrol officers were called to a gas station in the 4900 block of Marlboro Pike. When they arrived, they found Jackson suffering from a gunshot wound. He died at a hospital several hours later. The preliminary investigation reveals Jackson had just filled up his car when the suspect approached and shot him. The suspect then sped off in the victim’s car. The car is a 2015 black Dodge Charger with DC tags DF0113

According to the Washington Post, there was a moving vigil in Mr. Jackson's honor and memory at the site (the article includes some compelling photographs).

Demarko Wheeler, 20, of Washington DC, has been arrested and charged in the murder of Mr. Jackson.

From the Post article: In a statement read for her at the Sunday evening vigil by a relative, Jackson’s wife of 10 years, Thetis Nixon-Jackson, addressed his killer. She said a brief conversation with Jackson would have shown that “he was not the type of person you would have killed.”
The statement said: “You have no idea the pain you have caused me, my family, friends, and this community. We expect justice to be served. And maybe one day we will forgive you. May God have mercy on your soul.”







Saturday, June 18, 2016

“Yeah that, two times.” "This senseless violence and murder must stop. Please." Street memorial for Pierre Clark, 1000 block of Montgomery Avenue, Alexandria VA











I documented this extensive and moving street shrine to Pierre Clark at the north end of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. There were friends and family still gathered there. Sadly also, two other homicides have occurred nearby this year.

From an Alexandria VA police report: The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred in the 1000 block of Montgomery Street, Alexandria Virginia, on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. At approximately 12:35 p.m., officers responded to the area for a shooting. A man was located by police suffering from trauma to the upper body. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The investigation is ongoing. The victim has been identified as Pierre Clark, 28, of no fixed address.

There is also an excellent story about Mr. Clark's life, the broad-daylight shooting, and the vigil in his honor attended by a large gathering of friends and family, in the Alexandria Gazette. There is additional material in a Washington Post article.

I spoke with a few of the people gathered at the shrine. Incense was still lit and scenting the air. One man, Mr. Clark's cousin, said that he left behind children, and that another child was on the way.

I wish these innocents peace and every strength. May their father's memory be for a blessing.


Shrine to Sheldon Kevin Robinson | 3700 block of Ely Place SE, DC





From a DC police report: The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a person of interest in connection with a Homicide that occurred on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at approximately 3:18 pm, in the 3700 block of Ely Place, SE, Washington DC. Members of the Sixth District responded to a call for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an adult male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS personnel responded to the scene and determined that there were no signs consistent with life. The decedent has been identified as Sheldon Kevin Robinson, 28, of Southeast DC.

There are extensive writings expressing love and care for Mr. Robinson on this touching shrine, adjacent to a modest apartment building.








Memorial for William Arthur Wells Jr. | teddy bear and a cross in the 200 block of 55th Street NE DC



From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 200 block of 55th Street NE, Washington DC, on Sunday, May 29, 2016. At approximately 1:30 am, members of the Sixth District responded to a call at the listed location for the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an adult male victim, suffering from a gunshot wound. The first victim was found unconscious and unresponsive.  He succumbed to his injuries, and was pronounced dead.  A second victim was found in the 5500 block of Blaine Street, Northeast, suffering from gunshot wounds.  The second victim was transported to a local hospital in stable condition. The decedent has been identified as William Arthur Wells Jr., 39, of Southeast DC.

Peace, peace; please.


Daryl Antjuan Walker: Police tape at the scene, 800 block of Kayak Avenue, Capitol Heights MD

From a Prince Georges County police report: The Homicide Unit is investigating a fatal shooting in Capitol Heights, Maryland. The victim is Daryl Antjuan Walker, 23, of Capitol Heights. At about 9:00 pm on May 31st, 2016, patrol officers were called to the 800 block of Kayak Avenue for the report of a shooting. When they arrived, officers found the victim inside of a car suffering from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Detectives are working to identify a motive and the suspect(s).

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Crime scene tape at the site of Willie James Young's slaying | 4500 block of Benning Road NE (Shrimp Boat)

From a DC Police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide which occurred in the 4500 block of Benning Road SE, Washington DC, on Sunday, May 8, 2016. At approximately 4:47 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to a call for the report of a man down. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an adult male, unconscious and breathing, and suffering from apparent head injuries. DC Fire and EMS personnel transported the victim to a local hospital, where he was admitted for treatment.  Further investigation revealed, the victim had been assaulted. On Saturday, May 14, 2016, the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. On Monday, May 16, 2016, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner-Maryland conducted an autopsy and determined the cause of death to be complications of head injuries and manner of death is homicide. The decedent has been identified as Willie James Young, 35, of Suitland, MD.

On Monday, May 16, 2016, Darren Jackson, 26, of Southeast, DC, was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder.

There were two other homicides in recent weeks within two blocks of this busy location at the intersection of East Capitol and Benning Roads NE in DC.

May wisdom and peace return to the neighborhood. A mending of hearts and souls.

800 block of 21st Street NE DC | Police tape at the site of Leo Hackett's death

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch have announced an arrest has been made in the fatal shooting that occurred in the 800 block of 21st Street NE, Washington DC, on Saturday, April 30, 2016. At approximately 10:42 am, members of the Fifth District responded to a call for a shooting. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital. All lifesaving efforts failed and the victim succumbed to his injuries.  The decedent has been identified as Leo Hackett, 30, of Northeast, DC. A short time later, Wilbert Whitaker, 67, was arrested.  He was charged with Second Degree Murder while Armed.  

Pain. Sorrow. Rain. Strength. Comfort. Light. Shrine to John Rufus Evans III, Deanwood Metro Station, 4700 block of Minnesota Avenue NE

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch have announced an arrest has been made in the fatal stabbing that occurred in the 4700 block of Minnesota Avenue NE Washington DC, (Deanwood Metro Station) on Monday, April 11, 2016. At approximately 11:04 am, Members of the Sixth District responded to a call for an aggravated assault. Upon arrival, they located a juvenile male suffering from an apparent stab wound.  The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment.  All lifesaving efforts proved futile, the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced. The victim has been identified as John Rufus Evans III, 15, of Northeast, DC. On Monday, April 11, 2016 at approximately 7:55 pm, members of the Homicide Branch arrested Jovante Hall 18, of Northeast, DC and charged him with Second Degree Murder while Armed.

Another 15-year old, Davonte Washington, was murdered at this same Metro station on March 26, 2016. Maurice Bellamy, 17, was charged in his death. More on this case is on WJLA.

The shrine to Mr. Evans was spotted by Charlotte Yang. Thanks to her for caring, and for careful attention.






Shoes on the wire at the site of Jaquan Lamont Haney's slaying | 4000 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 in the 4000 block of Wheeler Road SE, Washington DC, on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. At approximately 10:17 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to a call for the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an adult male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital where all lifesaving efforts failed and the victim was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Jaquan Lamont Haney, 22, of Southeast, DC.

I was unable to determine for certain if these sneakers were placed for Mr. Haney, but they are in the vicinity of his recent death.

Peace.

Candles in memory of Don Lavae Willams Jr. in the 2900 Block of Nelson Place SE, Washington DC

This shrine remnant to Don Lavae Williams, Jr. is behind a small commercial area in Southeast DC. Some of his friends informed me that there a larger shrine was evident until recently. It included his photograph and other material placed in memory by friends and family.


From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 2900 Block of Nelson Place SE, Washington DC, on Sunday, May 8, 2016. At approximately 1:47 am, members of the Sixth District responded to a call for the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an adult male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital where all lifesaving efforts failed and the victim was pronounced dead.  The decedent has been identified as Don Lavae Williams, Jr., 34.   




Thursday, May 19, 2016

Memorial for Dimas Fuentes-Lazo, 800 block Kennedy Street NW, DC

From a DC police report: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal stabbing that occurred in the 800 block of Kennedy Street, NW, Washington DC, on Saturday, April 23, 2016. At approximately 10:23 pm, members of the Fourth District responded to a call for stabbing. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an adult male suffering from apparent multiple stab wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital where all lifesaving efforts failed and he was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Dimas Fuentes-Lazo, 38, of Northwest, DC.

This memorial to Mr. Fuentes-Lazo is in the Petworth neighborhood.





Thank you to my friend and colleague, photographer/educator/optimist Kristian Whipple, who lives very near this site and alerted me to its presence.

Peace in the 'hood. Peace to all.